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Fifty Left to Burn

by The Walkaways

With distinct traces of Wilco, Ryan Adams, Springsteen, and Old 97's, on "Fifty Left to Burn" (2008) The Walkaways create a magnetic alt-country debut that blends powerful Americana and roots influences with modern rock textures.
Genre: Country: Alt-Country
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1. When You're Gone
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2. One and Only One
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3. Piece of Mind
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4. Pin Hole Town Blues
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5. Tracks
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6. Over
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7. Half Empty
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8. Acoustic 422
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9. Perfect Burning Heart
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10. November
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11. Ghosts
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12. No Rush
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Album Notes
As Van Morrison famously said, "making great music takes time -- neither hurried nor hasty, but rather tasteful and provocative." His advice was well-heeded by The Walkaways.

The sessions for what would later become "Fifty Left to Burn" commenced in the spring of 2006 when Broken Tailight's Todd Daniel linked up with Junk Nugget's Fabio Gutierrez. A unique brand of alt-country percolated, then materialized, as Daniel's penchant for cerebral roots rock songwriting meshed cleverly with Gutierrez's polyrhythmic bass acumen. Glued together by the biting and versatile "pop and go" percussion of Down Holly's John Cunningham, and soon thereafter the coveted multi-instrumental eclecticism of piano, mandolin, and slide wizard Mark Bower, a band was born, with a CD well into gestation.

Sowing their aural oats in the backstreet pubs of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., The Walkaways spent a year testing their growing repertoire of original compositions on the local music gentry before entering the studio in the summer of 2007. With the integral assistance of engineer extraordinaire (and guitar/pitch savant) Kevin Rucker and Telecaster ace Craig Bradley, one year later, on July 25, 2008, the CD was pressed, sealed, and delivered live to a packed house of devotees in the hallowed halls of Iota Club and Cafe in Arlington, Virginia.

"Fifty Left to Burn" is the culmination of hundreds of riffs, progressions, and influences, winnowed to twelve energetic, yet uniquely homespun, alt-country songs. We hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed creating.

The Walkaways are:

Todd Daniel - lead vocals, guitar, harmonica
Fabio Gutierrez - electric and upright bass, vocals
John Cunningham - drums and percussion
Mark Bower - piano/organ, slide guitar, mandolin, vocals



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Jack Jeffery

Solid Alt.Country Album – Great Vocals and Americana Vibe
I’m a big fan of the Alt.Country genre, and The Walkaways’ 2008 album “Fifty Left to Burn” is an excellent example that this genre is alive and well.

Leading off with a spirited, up-tempo “When You’re Gone,” the album immediately grabs your attention with excellent lead and harmony vocals and banjo. Adding a distorted electric guitar to the mix, and you’ve got all the ingredients of a “No-Depression” Alt.Country sound reminiscent of Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, and Son Volt. Other strong tracks include “One and Only One” which is a blend of Alt.Country and early REM, and “Over You” which has great lead vocals accompanied by a acoustic guitar, beautiful piano, and a solid bass line.

I recommend this album for fans of Alt. Country, particularly bands such as Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, and Son Volt.