Monday October 22nd: COLTER WALL
A singer/songwriter whose work is a literate but rough-hewn variation on classic country styles, Colter Wall was born and raised in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1996. Wall first picked up the guitar when he was 12 years old, and by the time he was 13, he'd decided he wanted to make music his career. Initially, Wall played in local rock bands, but as he dug deeper into rock history, he developed an interest in the gritty, traditional sounds of blues and Appalachian country, and his ambitions moved from playing lead guitar to songwriting.
In time, Wall shifted from playing with a rock band to solo gigs focusing on his country-accented material, and he struck up a friendship with the members of the Saskatchewan roots music outfit the Dead South, who took him on the road as their opening act.
His 2015 release, Imaginary Appalachia earned enthusiastic reviews on both sides of the Canadian/U.S. border, and earned him some influential friends, including Lucinda Williams, Rick Rubin, and Steve Earle, who said "Colter Wall is bar none the best young singer/songwriter I've seen in 20 years.” Wall's first full-length album, a self-titled effort, was released in March 2017; produced by Dave Cobb, it was recorded in RCA's famed Studio A in Nashville. His 2018 release, Songs of the Plains, intended as a tribute to Wall’s home country, and in his own spare, unadorned fashion, he makes clear that wherever he goes “the rustle of wheat fields start calling [his] name.” AllMusic, Rolling Stone