Robert Walter's 20th Congress Announce West Coast Tour

Article Contributed by The Royal Pota… | Published on Thursday, June 13, 2013

Robert Walter's 20th Congress have announced the first leg of U.S. tour dates to support their new album, Get Thy Bearings, available June 25 from The Royal Potato Family. The tour hits Colorado for five nights in August before heading to the West Coast in September for eight shows running from Los Angeles to Seattle. It's been a busy year for the revered organist who in addition to his work with the 20th Congress has recorded and toured extensively with The Greyboy Allstars, the seminal funk-jazz ensemble he helped found almost two decades ago. With both the Greyboys and the 20th Congress, Walter was at the forefront of the groove music renaissance of the early '90s and has continued to push the tradition forward, while simultaneously evolving its sound for a new generation of fans.Get Thy Bearings marks the first new studio recording in ten years from Robert Walter's 20th Congress. The nine-tracks are drenched in the vintage old school soul, funk and jazz vibe of Walter's heroes like Big John Patton and Bill Doggett, but it also reflects his recent work scoring films such as Bridesmaids, Jeff Who Lives at Home, Walk Hard and Bad Teacher. There's a conceptual depth to the songwriting that draws on elements of narrative and character development, lending a cinematic color to the proceedings. The tracks range from the Sly Stone-style soul vamp of "Little Business" to the slow-burning "Inversion Layer." The greasy funk of "Don't Chin the Dog" shifts from delicate shuffle to horn-drenched boogaloo, playing out like the soundtrack to a long lost blaxploitation film from the '70s. Things get eerie on "Up From the Skies," a Jimi Hendrix cover rendered nearly unrecognizable in washes of electric Miles. Similarly, the album's title track is a shrewd reworking of the 1968 Donovan tune that Walter first discovered on compilation of sample-friendly breakbeats, full of fuzz guitar and a mercurial organ solo.LISTEN TO "INVERSION LAYER" (just premiered) | LISTEN TO "HUNK" (first single)ROBERT WALTER'S 20th CONGRESS tour dates are...August 3 | Jackson Hole Live | Jackson Hole, WYAugust 13 | Gerald Ford Amphitheatre | Vail, COAugust 14 | Barkley Ballroom | Frisco, COAugust 15 | Snowmass Village | Snowmass, COAugust 16 | Cervantes Otherside | Denver, COAugust 17 | Fox Theatre | Boulder, COSeptember 5 | The Mint | Los Angeles, CASeptember 6 | Boom Boom Room | San Francisco, CASeptember 7 | Boom Boom Room | San Francisco, CASeptember 8 | Sweetwater | Mill Valley, CASeptember 10 | Jambalaya | Arcata, CASeptember 12 | Liquid | Bend, ORSeptember 13 | Doug Fir | Portland, ORSeptember 14 | The Tractor, Seattle, WANovember 15-16 | Bear Creek Music Festival | Live Oak, FLJanuary 4-9 | Jamcruise | Miami, FLRobert Walter's 20th Congress Get Thy Bearings is available June 25 from The Royal Potato Family on LP, CD & Digital