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Thank You Anthony 

My friend and Rolling Stone magazine editor Anthony DeCurtis, wrote this piece on my new album Curve and Shake which drops August 12. I am posting it here in full because it is so, so beautifully written. Thank you Anthony.

It’s always a deep pleasure to have the opportunity to write about Walter Salas-Humara’s songs, which I’ve listened to with the greatest rewards for nearly thirty years now. Still, it’s a little embarrassing for me as well. His music reaches me on such a personal level that it sometimes feels as if I’m revealing too much about myself when I engage it in public. Emotional honesty comes instinctively to Walter; he is as open-hearted a songwriter -- and a person -- as you could find. If that same level of honesty does not come naturally to you, his songs will present a challenge. It’s a challenge you should take: to be more vulnerable, to be more aware of others, to rise to love. It’s a challenge that you should welcome.
Of course, Walter would not be as brilliant as he is if he did not understand how perplexing and difficult, even sometimes impossible, all those aspirations can be to achieve. That, to me at least, is what his new album Curve and Shake is all about: the struggle to sustain hope and remain available to possibility even as our lives “twist, bend, curve and shake.” The ephemerality of so much that we want to believe is permanent about our lives is beautifully captured in the floating musical landscapes that Walter conjures for this album. With the Silos and on some of his solo work, Walter has defined a roots-rock sound that helped bring the music we know as Americana into the modern age. Here on “The Craziest Feeling,” “I Love That Girl” and “Counting on You,” the instrumental settings are softer and more floating. Their impact, however, is no less strong.
That sense of being untethered from certainties, of floating, permeates Curve and Shake. The feeling is gentle, not quite scary, but with an element of unease. Letting go of expectations combines aspects of sadness, freedom and even wonder. How and why did things go so wrong? But if the world is so fluid, perhaps they can go right again. “Does it have to be so hard?... So many things can go wrong if you try and understand them,” Walter sings in “Uncomplicated.” The implication is that letting go and giving yourself over to life’s inevitable twists and turns, its curves and shakes, rather than trying to control them is a likelier path to happiness.
Another theme that runs through the album is the willingness to love. Time takes its toll on our hearts, but the desire for connection must never be lost. “Either we are one or we are nothing,” runs the lyric of “What We Can Bring,” and that conviction sits at the heart of the album. (You can hear it also in “Counting on You.”) Its resonance extends far beyond the two members of a couple. “We don’t ever seem to care/We don’t ever seem to share a thing,” applies to the culture at large as fully as it does to lovers. The ability to “see what we can bring,” to acknowledge the virtues of others as well as ourselves, makes it possible for our true humanity to be shared.
The yearning for connection arises again on the lovely sing-along “Satellite,” when Walter asks, “Can it hold me tight?/Can I trust it now/Or is it just an empty vow?/Send a signal down, like a satellite.” It’s a song filled with beauty, promise and the marvel of space, the infinity both outside us and within us. Conversely, “Hoping for a Comeback” summons a litany of small, exquisite pleasures – “smoking a Cohiba,” “browning in the oven,” “strong black coffee,” “a long, hot shower” – as reminders of everything life has to offer. A renewed susceptibility to pleasure is the comeback the singer longs for, a true and enlivening sense of expectation, a revived engagement with the generosity of life.
Finally, there is Walter’s voice, an instrument that effortlessly conveys both intimacy and depth of feeling. Like so many great singers, he communicates as much by what he doesn’t say as by what he does. His raspy tone provides a rich counterpoint to the genial surrealism, the offhand magical realism, of so many of his lyrics. His words are presented as if they’re describing straightforward events, but they speak a rich, associative poetry that evokes emotions more so than facts. His guitar playing is similarly adaptable – raw and stinging one moment, dreamy and droning the next.
This extraordinary combination of gifts has made Walter one of the standout songwriters and performers of our time. To say the Curve and Shake is some of the best work he has ever done is to say something really meaningful – and something, for all of our benefits, that is simply true. – Anthony DeCurtis

The album will be for sale on iTunes, etc, on August 12, but the full WAV files are available at http://waltersalashumara.com/downloads

WGN TV Performance 

Had a wonderful Midwest tour and an amazing time at The Steel Bridge Songfest. I also had a crazy fun time playing live on WGN TV in Chicago.
See the WGN Experiance with Walter Salas-Humara, Jon Langford, Jonathan Rundman, Joe Camarillo, and John San Juan.
Nora O'Conner Kean, Sheila Sachs, Bethann Hester and Amy Daggett are The Satellite Girls. Click here!

Midwest Alert! 

I'm off to Milwaukee, Twin Cities, Madison, Chicago, and the Steel Bridge Songfest in Sturgeon Bay!
Please tell your friends and I hope to see you on the road.

Flagstaff Alert! 

I'm performing in my new hometown of Flagstaff, Arizona this Saturday May 24 at Fire Creek.
Very psyched to be sharing the stage with Flagstaff legend Nolan McKelvey. Come on down Flagstaff, the show starts at 8pm.

Southern Rock Alert! 

I'm psyched to be doing a bunch of shows in Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virgina from May 2-9.
Check out the Tour Dates section for details.
I'll be performing many songs from my upcoming album, Curve and Shake, as well as plenty of favorites!
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Tour Dates

Aug2

Seattle Acoustic Festival

Inscape Arts, 815 Seattle Blvd South, Seattle

 

I'm doing a 6pm theater set at this cool Festival in a large "Arts" building. Featuring Victoria Williams, Marvin Etzione, and Aaron English.

EARLY SHOW - starts at 6pm sharp!!

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Aug3

Walter Salas-Humara

House Concert, Seattle, WA

 

An intimate Solo Acoustic Concert in the performance space of an arts building in downtown Seattle. There will be a few special guests sitting in with Walter during parts of the show.

$15 for one, $25 for two

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Aug7

Dogs and Bears

Yard Dog Gallery, 1510 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX

 

WalterDogs and Jon Dee Graham's Bears. One Night Only! See Walter's Dog Paintings and Jon Dee's Bear Drawings and hear Walter and Jon plays some songs at this amazing Art Gallery. There might even be some free beer :-) From 7pm to 9pm

Free

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Sep5

Walter Salas-Humara and Groove Session

Marble Brewery, 111 Marble Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM

 

I'm doing a few shows with my favorite new band. I'll be playing a few songs solo, then Groove Session will back me up for the rest of my set, then they will rock the house for the rest of the evening. They are amazing young musicians, think Santana meets Mahavishnu!

EARLY SHOW - starts at 8pm sharp!!

Free

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Sep6

Walter Salas-Humara and Groove Session

Balcony Bar, 600 Main Ave, Durango, CO

 

I'm doing a few shows with my favorite new band. I'll be playing a few songs solo, then Groove Session will back me up for the rest of my set, then they will rock the house for the rest of the evening. They are amazing young musicians, think Santana meets Mahavishnu!

EARLY SHOW - starts at 6pm sharp!!!

Free

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Sep7

Walter Salas-Humara and Groove Session

Fly Me To The Moon Sallon, 132 East Colorado Avenue, Telluride, CO

 

I'm doing a few shows with my favorite new band. I'll be playing a few songs solo, then Groove Session will back me up for the rest of my set, then they will rock the house for the rest of the evening. They are amazing young musicians, think Santana meets Mahavishnu!

EARLY SHOW - starts at 9pm sharp!!!

$5

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Sep11

Walter Salas-Humara and Groove Session

Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

 

I'm doing a few shows with my favorite new band. I'll be playing a few songs solo, then Groove Session will back me up for the rest of my set, then they will rock the house for the rest of the evening. They are amazing young musicians, think Santana meets Mahavishnu!

EARLY SHOW - starts at 8pm sharp!!!

$10

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Sep12

Walter Salas-Humara and Groove Session

Fire Creek, 22 East Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ

 

I'm doing a few shows with my favorite new band. I'll be playing a few songs solo, then Groove Session will back me up for the rest of my set, then they will rock the house for the rest of the evening. They are amazing young musicians, think Santana meets Mahavishnu!

EARLY SHOW - starts at 8pm sharp!!!

$10

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Sep13

Walter Salas-Humara and Groove Session

Buckhorn Saloon Opera House, Pinos Altos, NM

 

I'm doing a few shows with my favorite new band. I'll be playing a few songs solo, then Groove Session will back me up for the rest of my set, then they will rock the house for the rest of the evening. They are amazing young musicians, think Santana meets Mahavishnu!

The Buckhorn is a wonderful unique venue. Definitely worth the trip! EARLY SHOW - starts at 8pm sharp!!!

$10

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