I am thrilled to announce that Grammy award winning David Ball has a new project paying tribute to the great music of Uncle Walt’s Band, called David Ball & That Carolina Sound, featuring Warren Hood & Marshall Hood. Here is a link to the band live.
Peter Blackstock writes, “If you don’t know the band name, you might well know the participants, especially if you were a fan of the Austin/Carolina country-jazz trio Uncle Walt’s Band. The sole surviving member, David Ball, teams with Austin violinist Warren Hood — son of Uncle Walt’s Band fiddler Champ Hood — and Warren’s cousin Marshall for a night that promises to bring back fond memories of the late, great Walter Hyatt. Ball also will play many songs from his solo career, adapted to the acoustic trio style. Oh, and about that name? It came from Lyle Lovett, one of Uncle Walt’s Band’s biggest fans, who once described this music that influenced him so much as “That Carolina Sound.”
They have inspired numerous house favorites, Robert Earl Keen, Shawn Colvin, Jessie Colter, Jerry Jeff Walker, Marcia Ball, Joe Ely, and the aforementioned Lyle Lovett…Those boys from Carolina, they sure enough could sing…
“That’s Right You’re Not From Texas” -Lyle Lovett
Walter Hyatt, Champ Hood, and David Ball formed Uncle Walt’s Band. They moved from Spartanburg, South Carolina to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1972, where they caught the attention of Willis Alan Ramsey, a famous and revered Texas singer and songwriter. Luring them to his studio, Ramsey would become the band’s first noted fan.
In 1978, Uncle Walt’s Band played a reunion gig in Austin, Texas, and the success that followed kept the band together in subsequent years. That success wasn’t limited to the South, however. Uncle Walt’s Band gained a cult following around the world, ranging from the University of California, Berkeley to Moscow University in Russia. UWB released two more albums on the local Lespedeza label, 1980’s An American in Texas and 1982’s Uncle Walt’s Band Recorded Live, which was recorded at the Waterloo Ice House in Austin.
In 2007, during South by Southwest, the Austin Music Awards put together a tribute to Uncle Walt’s Band. Lyle Lovett and David Ball were joined by Champ Hood’s son singer, songwriter, and fiddle player, Warren Hood, and Champ Hood’s nephew, singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Marshall Hood of The Belleville Outfit.