Back to the Adobe Cafe
"Back to the Adobe Cafe" is a thoughtful and 'more better' re-creation of Wally Lawder's 'Adobe Cafe' CD. Wally Lawder says: 'The original 'Adobe Cafe' album was a good album, but the restless artist in me saw a way to improve on it, and that is what 'Back to the Adobe Cafe' is all about--I did some new recording and remixing and I am totally psyched with the results!' This is a perky, fun-spirited album and is in many ways a complement to the earlier, mellow 'My Place.' This is good one to play when you feel like moving around or driving, when you're looking for some acoustically based stimulation! Bio: Wally Lawder is a Kansan-born New Englander who now lives in Silver City, New Mexico. A talented singer-songwriter with a loyal following, he likes to think of himself as a contemporary troubador. 'It's hard for me to categorize my music--I've had so many far ranging influences. My roots are as much in rock/pop as folk, and I've got a big appreciation for jazz and world music.' A musician for many years, he didn't start writing his own material until the mid 1990's, when he found himself energized by the contemporary singer-songwriter boom. 'I really took a liking to performers like John Gorka, Ellis Paul, Patty Larkin, Susan Werner, Bruce Cockburn. I could relate so much to their songwriting and was inspired to write my own.' Some of his earliest musical memories come from his exposure to the music that was played in his home as he was growing up: rockabilly, classical, jazz, early folk ('It was a curious but fascinating mix, and I think it helped shape my eclectic style.') Wally's real musical awakening came later with the Beatles, and that inspired him to buy his first guitar. Other early musical influences included Mississipi John Hurt, Cat Stevens, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, James Taylor, Jackson Browne and Paul Winter. His songs, sung in a resonant baritone, mostly come from direct life experiences and observations. He's a natural storyteller and has a way of drawing audiences into his stories. He can be very funny yet touch serious topics deftly. While he sings about a wide spectrum of experience, overall his message is upbeat and life affirming. Live, he often plays solo, or with his backing band, the Flying Coyotes.