Open Road Recordings
Doc Walker is a band I always appreciate listening too, in large part because they are a group which I have been able to watch grow. It wasn’t all that many years ago they were just a Manitoba bar band, out on the road developing a sound, a following, growing as musicians.
It’s nice to see a band pursuing a dream, and then for the most part capturing it.
Certainly today when it comes to Canadian country – which by the way is as good as anything out of Nashville, it just doesn’t come with the mystique of that city’s fabled past – Doc Walker is fighting for the top of the ladder.
At the recent Western Canadian Music Awards Doc Walker were honored with Country Album of the Year for their CD Beautiful Life.
Go is the follow-up disk to the WCMA winner, and that means it’s a CD which was a little scary to give a spin too. There is nothing harder in the world of music than to follow up a disk which received an acclaimed award. It gets even harder when the new disk is released rather quickly. The situation is one where the musicians are forced into building a new library of top-drawer material in a shorter span of time.
Well, the boys in Doc Walker need to step forward and take a bow for what they have managed on Go.
Chris Thorsteinson, Dave Wasyliw and Murray Pulver who make up Doc Walker have a knack for writing country which comes across as radio friendly.
Now I might point out that I generally like my country music a little off the beaten path. The less it fits today’s country radio format, usually the better. Yet here I will admit Doc Walker’s country is rather infectious.
Sure there are times when it gets a bit to poppy, like the repeated ‘la la la’ line on Girls In Their Summer Clothes. Come on that was a bit much.
But then they come back with the heartfelt title cut Go, and you have to forgive them for the aforementioned miss.
There are 10-cuts on this CD, and nine are very solid effort, and frankly any of the nine could go top-10 radio. That says a lot about how well Doc Walker understands today’s country.
As for best cuts … hmmmm … that’s a hard one here, but Dancin’ All Night is excellent, as are Speed of Life and If I Fall.
This is a definite winner for a band which was already at the top of their game.
Hard to find fault for a winning formula like these guys have put together. If you are a country fan … then grab this disk today.
Check them out at www.docwalker.ca
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Oct. 7, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada