Whether it is Charles Walker lying on his back or on his knees playing sax, Porsche Carmon walking around wailing through the crowd or Misha Siegfried with his guitar behind his head, the Charles Walker Band always evokes energy, spontaneity and laughter wherever they go. Not only are they superlative funk, r&b and blues artists, but they love every performance and draw their audience in to love it too. Elmore Magazine declares, “The previous experiences and musical backgrounds of this quintet have molded their sounds into a mixing bowl of styles and genres, which is presented straight head or sometimes masterfully blended into an artful, pleasant, mélange.” (07/07) and Blues Matters! magazine says, “…we are treated to the full panoply of…styles, great tunes, intelligent lyrics and superb instrumentation throughout.” (Issue 33, 06)
Charles Walker performed as an improvisational comedian for years and it shows in his performance. While traveling from city to city, the band entertains itself with banter and it’s no different on stage. When the music pauses, Charles and Porsche banter back and forth or with the audience. What creates the most excitement is when the crowd becomes involved and furthers the banter. Charles’ musicianship is described in Muziczine as “Particularly inventive…a musician bursting with talent. Well capable of building a melody line, his tenor sax thrusts through the mix powerfully” (4/6/09). The band has opened for numerous national acts including Aaron Nevelle, Robert Cray, BB King, Richard Marx, Eddie Shaw (Howlin Wolf’s Sax Player), Booker T, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Bernard Allison. The band has been featured on Fox News, NBC “Live in the Morning” and was the featured artist on the Blues Revue (2010) and Soul Bag (2007) sampler CDs. The Charles Walker Band’s experience and spontaneity make every evening an unforgettable night.