The Walkabouts

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

The Walkabouts are from Seattle, USA, and coalesced around the nucleus of Chris Eckman (vocals/guitar), a philosophy graduate, and Carla Torgerson (vocals/guitar). Two brothers, Curt (bass) and Grant Eckman (drums), were also in the band, but Curt left early on and was replaced by Michael Wells, while Glenn Slater (keyboards) joined in 1989. In 1992, Terri Moeller replaced Grant Eckman on drums and at the same time Bruce Wirth joined to provide pedal steel guitar and mandolin. The Walkabouts, who took their name from the Nicolas Roeg film Walkabout, were formed on the understanding that ‘twisting a take on punk didn’t rule out a love for Appalachian mountain music’. Early on their energized folk rock was restricted by limited budget recordings, beginning with a self-titled cassette EP in 1984. Further releases on Necessity and PopLlama followed before the band signed up to leading independent label, Sub Pop Records. Cataract in 1989 announced their...

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