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).