Robert Walter didn’t exactly fade into the background, but one reason it’s been a top-marks year for him so far is that one of Walter’s most beloved bands, the 20th Congress, is finally back in action. It just dropped a new album, Get Thy Bearings, on the Royal Potato Family Records label, and a bunch of live dates are already booked, with many more to come.
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To Walter, it was just plain time to get the textured funk and groove of the 20th Congress back from recess. He’s been plenty busy – the legendary Greyboy Allstars, of which he was a co-founder, have been steadily semi-regular since their 2006 reboot, for example. But it became clear during a recent interview with Hidden Track that for Walter, the 20th Congress is still what keeps his creative juices flowing like no other outfit.
Now in his mid-40s, Walter’s no longer a young upstart – he’s the seasoned, heavy-yet-nimble, richly nuanced player his early years with the Greyboys always promised he’d be. Having moved back to California (L.A. specifically) in the last few years after half a decade in New Orleans, he spends time with the reunited Greyboys, and plenty of time with Mike Andrews, aka Elgin Park, scoring movies. But national audiences will see a lot more of him this year.