With their new studio album Burn It Down finding its way onto plenty of the year’s “Best Of” lists, The Dynamites Featuring Charles Walker explode into 2010. Fresh off a scorching New Year’s Run with indie rockers Band of Horses, The Dynamites bring their “deep grooved, superbad brashness” to select markets in the south with a string of winter tour dates. Also this winter, look for the band’s song “Own Thing” (from their debut album Kaboom!) to be featured on an upcoming episode of the new buzzed about TNT series, Men of a Certain Age.
Winter tour dates are as follows:
Friday, February 12 Mercy Lounge Nashville TN
Friday, February 26 The Earl Atlanta GA
Saturday, March 6 Barley’s Tap Room Knoxville TN
Friday, March 12 Southgate House Newport KY
Additional dates to be announced.
The Dynamites are living proof that soul music is here to stay. For their 2nd LP, The Dynamites and their soul-shouting frontman Charles Walker deliver a slate of tunes that arrives right on time. It’s a new day, and Charles Walker and his band have something to say. It’s the kind of story where you gotta tear it down to rebuild it, the greedy man ultimately gets his due, love rules the day and everybody gets down in the end. It’s a timeless tale, as relevant as ever, and Burn It Down tells it in a righteously funky fashion. Strike a match, light the fuse and Burn It Down.
The release of Burn It Down marks the highly anticipated follow-up to Charles Walker & The Dynamites’ first LP, Kaboom!. As the New York Times hailed:
“New York City has the Dap-Kings, Nashville has the Dynamites, whose approach is about three quarters James Brown with touches of Memphis, Motown and New Orleans. [And] The Dynamites have found a singer to put them across: Charles Walker, who has been on the soul circuit since the 1960s. His voice rivals better-known headliners; he’s an authoritative, gospel-steeped shouter and a dramatic ballad builder. It’s old-school music that works up a genuine sweat.”
Charles Walker doesn’t imitate, emulate or try to resuscitate a bygone nostalgic era. He is soul, the real deal, still carrying the flaming torch of funk and soul lit back in the late 60’s at the Apollo Theater where he opened up for icons like James Brown and Wilson Pickett. What’s more, the fresh songwriting approach of Bill Elder, a.k.a. Leo Black, continues to push the deep funk envelope, propelling Walker to sound equally at home singing a scorching hot, up-tempo rocker as he does on a heart wrenching 60’s-style soul ballad.
An essential authenticity comes across in The Dynamites music and message. Without a doubt, Burn it Down acknowledges that not all is right in the world, but it doesn’t get stuck there. Times might be rough and people might be grumbling about doomsday, but Charles Walker and The Dynamites are here to remind us that “it’s a sunny day.” Sure we could bitch and moan. But we could just as well get down to some funky assed grooves and burn that negativity down.
The Dynamites are: Charles Walker (vocals), Bill Elder, a.k.a. Leo Black (guitar), Chris West (saxophones and flute), Jon-Paul Frappier (trumpet), Charles Treadway and Tyrone Dickerson (organ), Chris Patterson (percussion), Derrek Phillips (drums), Jonathan Jackson (saxophone) and Rich Brinsfield (bass).