Every now and then you hear the story of an artist screaming from the stage to the wrong town.
âI endorse all of my shows, so I just want people to know it’s no accident that we come to Greensburg,â he said from his Tennessee home.
âI really love coming to Pennsylvania,â he said. âThe shows I did there have always attracted a lot of people and the crowds are enthusiastic.
Show time is 7:30 p.m.
In Greensburg, Walker will perform favorites from his extensive catalog – including 31 chart singles and four platinum albums – as well as tunes from his latest studio effort, “Texas to Tennessee,” released July 30 as the debut. album on the Show Dog Nashville label. .
The first single, “Need a Bar Sometimes” was released in August.
No rough spots
Walker said he was happy with both the process of creating the album and the end result.
âThere wasn’t even a single rough spot in the recording,â he said, giving credit to producer Michael Knox. âThis album had a vision, and it started with us finding a producer who suited me well; and the musicians were there.
On his websiteWalker says making the album was really a team effort: âI saw something with this album that I didn’t know: what it takes for a championship to happen. Songs are your large receptors of deep threats. The full backing of your record company is the offensive line. â¦ Everyone has done their part and it is impressive. You can be talented, famous, or have a few hits, but you can’t win the Super Bowl without champions around you. Dude, I got them.
The album is less than 30 minutes long, with half of the songs – all written or co-written by Walker – in the 3-minute range.
He and his wife listened to it together for the first time as they drove their truck.
âI turned it off and turned to her and said, ‘This is crazy, I never get tired of any of these songs,’â he said. âThis is the first time I can say that.
The album title refers to both Walker’s personal story and his musical history.
âThe name is our journey over the past 16 years,â he said. âWe go back and forth doing business, so it’s true to our life – from Texas to Tennessee and Tennessee to Texas. “
Hailing from Vidor, a small town in east Texas, Walker began singing in area clubs at the age of 19 and was soon hired as a house singer at a bar in nearby Beaumont.
In 1992, he was discovered by record producer James Stroud, also president of Giant Records, a subsidiary of Warner Music Group. Walker’s self-titled debut album, produced by Stroud, was released in 1993. His debut single, “What’s It to You”, reached # 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts and # 73 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Now Walker and his family divide their time between Nashville and homes in Mineola and Galveston, Texas.
Great to be back
The pandemic has given Walker the luxury of being able to spend an extended period of time at home.
âIt’s something I haven’t done in 25 years,â said Walker, 52. âAt the ranch we could go out and play with the animals and hang out around the pond. This time spent together was invaluable.
But it’s good to get back to work, he added.
“Most of us were forced to be sidelined (during the pandemic), so now it’s good to be back, but we just want to do it safely,” a- he declared.
Walker said he was satisfied when he saw people of all ages in the audience for his shows.
âI’ll see a 16-year-old sing at the top of his lungs and I’ll be like, ‘This song is older than this kid,'” he said. âI think people tend to grow up with my songs, singing along with my hits and playing them for their kids.
“I think that’s especially true for country music.”
When not on the road or in the studio, Walker is involved in fundraising and advocating for people with multiple sclerosis. He was diagnosed with neurodegenerative disease in 1996.
In 2003, he founded the association Multiple Sclerosis Group, to fund research and programs that help people with MS.
âThere’s no rhyme or reason for who gets MS,â he said. “I have certainly had times in life where I have struggled, and I just want to give others hope.”
Since it can be difficult to find a treatment that works, he said, he likes to advocate for people with MS to “get busy finding a drug that you can tolerate and that works, and not give up.” .
He also wants his own story to be inspirational. Since starting a dose every six months of the drug Ocrevus, he said, âI haven’t had a relapse, and it’s really bad.
Shirley McMarlin is a writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, email@example.com or via Twitter .