Walter "Wolfman" Washington's My Future Is My Past is out April 20 on ANTI- Records.
New Orleans guitar man Walter "Wolfman" Washington makes his debut on ANTI- Records on April 20 with My Future Is My Past, helmed by Galactic's Ben Ellman with performances from Irma Thomas, Ivan Neville and Jon Cleary.
The 74-year-old guitarist and howling soul singer steps out from his longtime band the Roadmasters for an intimate collection of heartfelt, soul-bearing arrangements — the album's first single is the jazz-inspired "Save Your Love for Me."
“When you’re with a band, you have to really punch it out," he said in a statement announcing the album's release. "When you’re alone, you have to pay attention to your notes and pronunciation and stuff. And then you have to put your soul into it and your feelings. Each one of the songs is a story. You can actually picture things like that happening. I had to fix my mind into each of the situations in the song.”
Washington learned to play guitar by mimicking chord shapes he saw in spiritual groups, later taking his talents to the Dew Drop Inn and on the road alongside Johnny Adams and Lee Dorsey before spinning off into his R&B, funk and blues projects showcasing his versatile style and voice.
He joins Trombone Shorty's Voodoo Threauxdown later this year with Galactic and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and, as usual, you can always catch him around New Orleans.