Episode 43: Charles “Wigg” Walker with your guest Host Greg Bryant
This episode marks the very first time we’ve opened up the show to a guest host. Please welcome Bassist,Producer and good friend Greg Bryant to the CTWP family. Very happy to have him sit down with Charles “Wigg” Walker…….take it away Greg!
Charles Walker is a soul singer and native of Nashville, Tennessee. He came up through the ranks and earned his stripes among the who’s who of cats. Charles recorded his first single in 1959 for Nashville-based soul label, Champion records. By the time he was 21 in 1961, he moved to Harlem, New York. During his first two years in the city, he went out on the road as the front man with the JC Davis Band on several tours opening for James Brown, Etta James, Little Willie John and Sam Cooke. By the mid 60’s, Charles had settled in NYC and formed his own group “Little Charles and The Sidewinders.” They recorded a singles for Decca and Chess, and held residency in Small’s Paradise for nearly ten years.Since 2007, he’s toured the US and Europe as a member of Charles Walker and the Dynamites (sharing bills with Maceo Parker and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings) and has recently formed a small group with a new release on the way.
It’s been great getting to know and play behind Charles over the past couple of years. He’s the real deal.