Photo by Hilary Harris
Channeling The Jam, Neil Young, Nick Cave and Hank Williams, to name but a few,The Walkabouts took their influences and churned out original and evocative outsider epics.
The band self-released their debut EP, 22 Disasters, in 1985, and went on to record numerous albums for PopLlama Records, Sub Pop, Glitterhouse and Virgin Records.
Shortly before his death, country/folk legend Townes Van Zandt covered their song "The Stopping-Off Place" from the album Devil's Road. It's difficult to think of a higher compliment that can be paid than that gesture, a true testament to The Walkabouts powerfully moving songs and the band's unique ability to orchestrate such cinematic and emotionally jarring melodies.
Over the years the most consistent lineup of The Walkabouts was:
Carla Torgerson - vocals & guitar (Solo, Chris & Carla)
Chris Eckman - songwriting, vocals & guitar (Solo, Dirt Music, The Frictions, The Strange, Chris & Carla, L/O/N/G, Distance Light & Sky)
Glenn Slater - keyboards (Melting Fish)
Slow Red Dawn from the album "Nighttown"
Blown Away from the album "Scavenger"
My Diviner from the album "Travels In the Dustland"
The Light Will Stay On from the album "Devil's Road"
Winslow Place from the album "Ended Up a Stranger"