Send a songwriter from Austin to Nashville to New Orleans, and he’d have to be awfully hard-headed not to learn a few tricks. Seth Walker is many things — a fine, bluesy singer; an accomplished guitarist; a man who knows how to wear a fedora — but he’s clearly willing to learn from his travels, as evidenced by his new album, Sky Still Blue.
Due out June 10, the new set was produced by Oliver Wood, and if you’re familiar with Wood’s work as part of the Wood Brothers, you know what to expect: Warm, seemingly accidental (but nearly always damn close to perfect) production, held together by fat, funky grooves that roll down your spine in lazily confident fashion. As evidenced by the album cut “Trouble (Don’t Want No),” this is a perfect match — Walker’s guitar yawps, yarps, and thrums all over this song. The lyrics say he don’t want no trouble, but the song ambles along with a deliciously laid-back menace. Check it out here: