Guardian

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Not a Texas native but a longtime Lone Star State resident deeply imbued with the Texas singer-songwriter sensibility, Duncan Earl Walters has fashioned a compelling second album in Guardian. With an expressive baritone voice that might remind some of Toby Keith's muscular sonority, Walters takes a journey through 11 well-crafted original songs rich in southwestern country flavor and literate observations on the human condition. If he hasn't lived these songs, then he's at least done a good job of making them personal. "I sing these songs of hard luck livin' / with a backbone beat," he intones in the brisk, driving shuffle "Dancing Girl," a Flatlanders-like musing with ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Not a Texas native but a longtime Lone Star State resident deeply imbued with the Texas singer-songwriter sensibility, Duncan Earl Walters has fashioned a compelling second album in Guardian. With an expressive baritone voice that might remind some of Toby Keith's muscular sonority, Walters takes a journey through 11 well-crafted original songs rich in southwestern country flavor and literate observations on the human condition. If he hasn't lived these songs, then he's at least done a good job of making them personal. "I sing these songs of hard luck livin' / with a backbone beat," he intones in the brisk, driving shuffle "Dancing Girl," a Flatlanders-like musing with the requisite dark overtones of duplicity and deception belying the song's toe-tapping rhythmic thrust. A beautifully rendered country ballad with a blues tinge, "Guardian of the Skies" takes the measure of "things you cannot measure," in nature and in the heart, aided by a lovely, humming organ line and Philip Stevens's nuanced electric guitar commentary. With the aid of the redoubtable Flaco Jimenez's lively accordion work, "Greyhound" tells the raucous tale of some personal tribulations in a town where the Sixth Amendment is viewed as, shall we say, quaint. At five minutes plus, the album's closing song, "Wash Away," is the most ambitious and most impressive number. It tracks the spiritual odyssey of a college girl who gives birth out of wedlock, gives up the child, then seeks solace in religion, leaving Walters to wonder whether "each child she spies" doesn't summon an ache that "the blood of Jesus Christ" can't wash away. It's a heart-wrenching tale with no easy answers to its fundamental questions, with added grandeur supplied by Bobby Flores's keening fiddle lines and a church-style organ rumbling low throughout. Something's going on here, so listen up.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Duncan Earl Walters has had the kind of musical career more typical of a woman of an earlier generation, having started out as a performer in his youth, only to give up the footlights for marriage, a family, and a steady day job, and then returned to his first love later in life. By then, he was much too old for a Nashville record label to consider signing, but that didn't keep him from putting out his own recordings. Guardian is his second album, following 2003's Northern Rain, and it once again reveals him to be a country singer with a warm, comfortable baritone capable of turning out Cajun, honky tonk, and straight country tunes of his own composition. Guardian is an unfailingly pleasant collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2007
  • Label: SPENT ROUND RECORDS
  • UPC: 663609705020
  • Catalog Number: 7050

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dancing Girl (3:48)
  2. 2 Guardian of the Skies (4:45)
  3. 3 Standing in the Sun (3:55)
  4. 4 Greyhound (4:09)
  5. 5 Hard Defining (3:48)
  6. 6 Crystal White Girl (2:59)
  7. 7 Eliza Jane (4:01)
  8. 8 Illusion (3:41)
  9. 9 Spin (3:18)
  10. 10 Mess Up My Truck (4:05)
  11. 11 Wash Away (5:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Duncan Earl Walters Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Flaco Jiménez Accordion
Kevin Hall Drums
Tommy Spurlock Steel Guitar
Bobby Flores Fiddle
B.B. Morse Bass
Technical Credits
Stephen J. Mendell Engineer
Steve Chadie Engineer
Adam Ayan Mastering
Rachel Garlin Composer
Duncan Earl Walters Composer, Producer, Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It was worth waiting for

    Duncan Walters writes songs that touch my heart and enter my soul. All of the songs on this disc are full of heartfelt emotion that any listener can relate to in his own experiences. I am never disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "The Guardian" lives up to it's name...

    Duncans words and music capture the feelings and fun in my heart and I truly enjoyed every song on this album. I believe he's a genuinely gifted artist and would highly recommend his albums to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Insightful and kick-ass

    Duncan matches deep insight with plaintive ballads, as well as kick-ass boogie tunes. What more could you ask for? Plus, he's cute and his guitarist, Phil, is something to watch when he takes off.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Before listening to “Guardian,” by Duncan Earl Walters, we were anticipating an exceptional album, and Walters really delivered. Overall, this album includes a wide array of musical talent, ranging from the strings of the guitars and fiddle, to the melody of the pianos. Also, a real Cajun feel was added due to the accordion. What really stood out though were the vocals throughout the entire album. Whether Walters was singing a fast paced, square dancing song, or a slow, melodious song, he really brought about a successful conclusion. Altogether, when all the different sounds in “Guardian” were combined, they created one unique sound. Quentin Foster - RMR Staff Reviewer

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