North Carolina-based independent label Ramseur Records, notable for launching the national career of the Avett Brothers, is releasing an album of early demos from native Georgia folk singer Sammy Walker.
Walker recorded two albums for Warner Bros. Records in the 1970s, and several others for Folkways Records (including one produced by his fan and champion, Phil Ochs), but has mostly dwelled in obscurity ever since. Ramseur had released an album of current songs and recordings by Walker in 2008 called Misfit Scarecrow, but the material on Brown Eyed Georgia Darlin’ predates it by more than three decades. Recorded in the mid ‘70s at the Record Plant studio in New York, these are the previously unreleased demos that led to Walker’s Warner Bros. contract.
Now living in North Carolina, Walker no longer performs due to arthritis, but Brown Eyed Georgia Darlin’ is a welcome (re) introduction to his particular talents. It’s scheduled to arrive in stores on April 8th.