74 years young, Walter “Wolfman” Washington has been a mainstay in the New Orleans music scene since the early 1960s, collaborating with many artists including his own band The Roadmasters, who have been burning down and burning up local and national stages since their first gigs in the 1980s.
He cut his teeth backing up some of the best singers and performers in New Orleans history including Lee Dorsey and Johnny Adams, and today his version of “Even Now” featuring another classic performer, Irma Thomas, is available; listen to it HERE. “It's a thrill to be able to do a song with Irma,’ the Wolfman said. “We go back a long way, back to her first band The Tornados, however this is the first time we have recorded a song together. I'm hoping she enjoyed recording the song as much as I did.”
Both this collaboration and this new record confirms what fans have known for years: Walter “Wolfman Washington has soul to go along with his fire. Pre-order My Future Is My Past, coming out April 20th, HERE.
Produced by Ben Ellman of Galactic, My Future Is My Past creates a space for the Wolfman to express a new side of himself. We have known him for his impassioned vocals and cutting guitar tones - that isn’t gone here, but it’s been refined into a smoother style that goes down like a lover’s caress. Washington embodies both ends of the African American vocal tradition: the impassioned cries of a James Brown and the urbane lines of a Nat King Cole.
Washington has always embodied both the wildness and sophistication of New Orleans, but finally we have a set of songs that reflects the yin to Walter’s bring-the-party yang. This is a record we have always known he has in him. This is the night after that party, or maybe just the after party. He’s been given free rein to express himself, and that’s special. Check out the Wolfman’s extensive list of spring and summer tour dates below, including sets at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Nightly collaborative sit-ins with Trombone Shorty and Galactic as part of the nationwide summer + fall Voodoo Threauxdown tour, celebrating the 300th anniversary of New Orleans.
UPCOMING PERFORMANCE DATES
4/13 – New Orleans, LA – French Quarter Festival
4/19 - New Orleans, LA - 3 Keys Ace Hotel
4/21 – New Orleans, LA – Maple Leaf
4/21 – New Orleans, LA – Peaches in-store Performance
4/25- New Orleans, LA – d.b.a.
4/30 - New Orleans, LA - Crawfish Fest
5/1 – New Orleans, LA – LAMF on Frenchmen Street in-store Performance
5/2 – New Orleans, LA – d.b.a.
5/3 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – Blues Tent
5/4 - New Orleans, LA – Republic with Samantha Fish
5/5 - New Orleans, LA - Fontaine Palace
5/6 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – Congo Sq Stage
5/9 – New Orleans, LA - d.b.a.
5/12 – Natchez, MS – The Bluff-Natchez
5/16 – New Orleans, LA - d.b.a.
5/19 – Baton Rouge, LA – Kenny Neal Family & Friends Blues Highway Festival
5/20 – New Orleans, LA – Bayou Boogaloo
5/23 - New Orleans, LA – d.b.a.
5/24- New Orleans, LA -3 Keys Ace Hotel
5/30 - New Orleans, LA – d.b.a.
6/7 – Niceville, FL – Mattie Kelly Arts Center
6/8 – Tallahassee, FL – Bradfordville Blues Club
6/9 – St. Petersburg, FL – The Hideaway Café
6/21 - New Orleans, LA - 3 Keys Ace Hotel
6/22- New Orleans, LA -Tipitina’s Free Fridays
6/28 – Irving, TX – Big Beat Dallas
6/29 – Irving, TX – Highway 61 Blues Club
6/30 – Austin, TX – Antone’s
Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown
8/2 – Bethlehem, PA – Musikfest
8/3 – Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Pavilion
8/4 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
8/7 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
8/8 – New York, NY – Central Park SummerStage
8/10 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
8/11 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
8/12 – Philadelphia, PA – Penn’s Landing River Stage
8/14 – Buffalo, NY – Artpark Amphitheater
8/16 – Ocean City, MD – The Freeman Stage at Bayside
8/17 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap
8/18 – Raleigh, NC – North Carolina Museum of Art
8/19 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheatre
8/22 - Grand Rapids MI - Meijer Gardens Amphitheater
8/24 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Center at The Heights
8/25 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
8/26 – Chicago, IL – Ravinia Festival
9/8 – Portland, OR – Edgefield
9/7-Jacksonville OR- Britt Festival
9/9 – Seattle, WA – Woodland Park Zoo
9/11 – Missoula, MT – Kettlehouse Amphitheater
9/12 – Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
9/14 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre UC Berkeley
9/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
9/16 – San Diego, CA – Harrah’s Resort SoCal
9/19 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
9/21 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater
9/22 – Taos, NM – Kit Carson Park