Album – What the Hell
by on July 19, 2015
Brian Walton at Oskar Blues, Loveland Colorado, 2009

Brian Walton at Oskar Blues, Loveland Colorado, 2009

What the Hell is a compilation of works produced by Brian Walton over the last 15 years and contains material ranging from Blues over Country to Hard Rock. Brian has been a writer and producer in Austin TX and Nashville TN for close to 30 years. He is an ASCAP member with over 400 registered titles, 5 Top-10 hits and 3 GCMA awards to his credit.

The Juilliard trained artist has written soundtracks for motion pictures, documentaries, television and radio. In fact, many of the tracks on this album are still being featured in international TV and Radio ads to this day.

Brian started his career playing piano bars and lounges in the New York City area while studying. He later took a staff writer/musician job at A & R Recording where he honed his craft and wrote the bulk of his music. The highly successful “Made in the Shade” album was released in 1993 and produced 3 billboard country hits. While on tour in Europe, Brian received the award for the “Most diversified Musician” three years in a row.

Brian is a trained pianist, but worked mostly as a lead guitarist. A multi-instrumentalist, he also plays the violin, banjo, mandolin, lap steel and pedal steel guitar. Brian played all the instruments on the album from the drums to guitars, sang all the vocal tracks and wrote all the music and lyrics with the exception of “A Good Fool is Hard to Find” which was written by Albert Collins.

Brian honed his engineering/production skills under the tutelage of Thomas Schmitt-Zijnen (Moody Blues, Saga, Barclay James Harvest), Tommy Korge and Dave Bell (Michael Sadler, Saga).

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A GOOD FOOL IS HARD TO FIND

“A Good Fool is Hard to Find” was originally written by Albert Collins and was recorded on a dare from a fan who thought the title would be a good fit for Brian’s voice. The guitar work was styled after B. B. King and Gary Moore. GENRE: BLUES | DURATION: 4:41

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 BLACK WIDOW

“Black Widow” was originally written as a jingle for maybelline cosmetics and is still a part of the company’s overall advertising strategy. The song was inspired by Kate Beckinsale’s role in the Underworld Film franchise. GENRE: GUITAR-ROCK | DURATION: 3:59

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FEELS LIKE

“Feels Like” was originally written as a jingle for maybelline cosmetics, Brian considered the track to be too commercial and was going to cut it, but the fans wanted it and now it has been included on the album. GENRE: COUNTRY-FUSION | DURATION: 3:03

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HERE’S ONE FROM THE ROAD

The original inspiration for the song was to write a kind of “Greeting Card” to Brian’s Family. The instrumental version has been featured in radio and tv ads for airline and cosmetic companies as well as on the Discovery Channel. GENRE: COUNTRY-POP | DURATION: 4:55

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I LOVE MY TRUCK

Written originally as a jingle for a car dealership, “I Love my Truck” was inspired when Brian bought an old beat-up four wheel drive to take up into the Rocky Mountains where he had such a blast that he just had to write about it. GENRE: COUNTRY | DURATION: 3:30

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MADE IN THE SHADE

The original “Made in the Shade” made it into the top-5 in the international country charts after it’s release in 1993. In this revamped version, Brian adopted a “Scatman” styled feel by adding horns and bluesy guitar riffs. GENRE: COUNTRY-BLUES | DURATION: 3:17

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THAT GIRL KNOWS HOW TO WEAR THEM BLUES

Written for a microbrewery, “That Girl….” was inspired while Brian was watching some of his buddies “priss” themselves up after a couple of hot girls came into the sports bar they were hanging out at. GENRE: MODERN-COUNTRY | DURATION: 4:19

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WATCH THAT GIRL GO

Another track originally written for the cosmetic industry, “Watch that girl go” takes a stab at popular culture icons and the use of sex in the entertainment industry. GENRE: COUNTRY, ALTERNATIVE-COUNTRY | DURATION: 3:03

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WHAT THE HELL

Long time friend and Bass player Isaac Perry and Brian were messing around one afternoon when he they came up with a really funky bass riff. Brian loved it so much that he wrote “What the Hell” around it. GENRE: BLUES-ROCK | DURATION: 4:06

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WHERE THE DIRT ROAD ENDS

Originally written for a CMT Music documentary that required a “Guitar Army” feel, the song was inspired by a fishing trip Brian had with his boys in the Rocky Mountains. GENRE: COUNTRY | DURATION: 3:55

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The following tracks are in post-production and will be included in the final release scheduled for August 6th 2015.
The album will hit the stores sometime in September 2015.

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FLY

“Fly” is Brian’s most recent track and was inspired by the birth of granddaughter Kiara. “Fly” is a story about the joys and challenges of fatherhood. GENRE: COUNTRY | DURATION: 5:33

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Honorable Mentions

This album is dedicated to my friends and family especially my wife Inge and sons Stephan, Chris and Patrick who have been my biggest supporters. A big Thanks! goes out to Bernie “Bernzamatic” McGuiness, Isaac Perry (Bass extraordinaire), Ron Sweet’s family and wife Kim, Ron “Mr. JBL” Means and our new friends in Challis: the Swains, the Millicks, the Yacomellas and the Larsons just to name a few…

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