2015 Blues Music Award Nominee (Formerly W.C. Handy Awards)
"Best New Artist Album" - One Heart Walkin'
Blues Foundation - Memphis, TN
"Austin Walkin' Cane arrives bearing not only a cool blues calling card but a commanding voice and fiery Delta chops."
The New Yorker
"If you like Muddy Waters, go see Austin Walkin Cane." Washington Post
Damn Fine Blues! Original & classic delta blues featuring slide guitar and soulful vocals. A blues gumbo repertoire that can conjure up the ghosts of highway 61 & the delta blues experience. Austin Walkin\' Cane is a blues singer, songwriter and slide guitarist that performs acoustic solo, duo & electric band sets. Austin Walkin’ Cane has toured Australia, Nepal, Colombia, France, Germany, England, Wales, and the US, from New Orleans, Louisiana to Juneau, Alaska with only a guitar & suitcase in hand.
Austin walked for ten years with a cane due to an arterial venous malformation at birth. While performing on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, a homeless man called out \"Hey Walkin\' Cane got some spare change for a brother?!\" Austin took the jibe as his nickname. In 1996, after years of battling the inevitable, his left leg was amputated below the knee. A year after the surgery, he returned to the music scene stronger & without need of a cane.
In 2002, Austin & Karen Starks were married at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee and began recording his 706 Union Ave. cd at the legendary studio immediately after the ceremony. \"The thought of getting married & recording in the same room where many of my heroes took their first steps was incredible.\" Austin Walkin\' Cane is proud to be sponsored by National Reso-Phonic Guitars, Ernie Ball Strings, Dr. Z Amplifiers & Rocky Mountain Slide Co.
AWC\'s 2008 cd, Murder of a Blues Singer, was inspired by an after hour diner conversation with blues legend Robert Jr. Lockwood. \"The stories were flowing like the grease off our plates\", subsequently the album is saturated in classic delta blues, as were the tales of Lockwood\'s stepfather, Robert Johnson. Mr. Lockwood had agreed to perform on the record, but fate had changed that path. The Walkin\' Cane Band captured the perfect \"live in the studio\\\" feeling that Austin & co-writer Chris Allen had envisioned for these songs. The band is a well oiled machine. Special guests on Murder of a Blues Singer include Colin Dussault, Eroc Sosinski and one of Cleveland\'s finest gospel groups, the Prayer Warriors.
In 2011, an acoustic cd, A World Of Blues, was released. The Allen/Charanghat original songs were recorded live at the Brothers Lounge as a testament to Walkin\' Cane living on the road. The album uses excerpts of Austin\'s world travels in addition to the show recorded in the heart of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame city.
During the summer of 2014, One Heart Walkin\' was recorded in two days at the historic G.A.R. Hall in Peninsula, OH. Built in 1850, the former schoolhouse & Civil War Veteran\'s hangout, set the perfect mood for this album. Listening to Cane\'s most recent album is like being a passenger on the old Illinois Central Railroad. These “Damn Fine Blues”, take the listener from the south side of Chicago, through the deep south of the Mississippi Delta. You’ll stop in Memphis, Clarksdale & Bentonia, and ride to the end of the line of New Orleans, Louisiana.
All of the songs on One Heart Walkin\' were co-written with songwriter and grade school friend, Chris Allen. The album of Allen/Charanghat originals came to life with the help of legendary producer & bassist Don Dixon, harmonica extraordinaire Dave Morrison, Allen on acoustic guitar, Freddie Perez-Stable on drums & members of the Revolution Brass Band, bringing in the sound of New Orleans.
The King Biscuit Blues Festival - Helena, Arkansas
Pinetop Perkins Homecoming - Hopson Plantation - Clarksdale, Mississippi
Blues On Broadbeach Festival - Australia
Cali Blues & Folk Festival - Colombia - South America
Shakedown Blues Festival - U.K.
Cita Delta Festival - Bordeaux, France
Nantwich Jazz & Blues Festival - U.K.
Juke Joint Festival - Clarksdale, Mississippi
FIMU World Festival - Belfort, France
Himalayan Blues Festival - Kathmandu, Nepal
D.C. Blues Festival - Washington D.C.
Wheeling Blues & Heritage Festival - Wheeling, West Virginia & many more around the U.S.
Austin Walkin Cane Accolades
National Reso-phonic Guitar CD Compilation - AWC original Love Grown Strong included.
Says You - NPR nationally broadcast appearance
Best Unsigned Blues Band - Buddy Guys Legends/Guitar Player Magazine - Chicago, IL
International Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Finalist - Top 6 - Memphis, TN
Sonicbids Most Booked Band w/ over 60,000 hits to Sonicbids EPK
Best Blues Band Winner & Best Guitarist Winner - Cleveland Scene Magazine, Cleveland Free Times
National Reso-Phonic Guitars - Sponsorship
Ernie Ball Strings - Sponsorship
Dr. Z. Amplifiers - Sponsorship
Rocky Mountain Slide Co. - Sponsorship
Bobby Blue Bland, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Gregg Allman, Johnny Winter, ZZ Top, Gary Clark Jr., Hubert Sumlin, Willie Big Eyes Smith, John Mooney, Robert Jr. Lockwood, John Hammond Jr., Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Billy Branch, Jaimoe (Allman Bros.), Watermelon Slim, Henry Gray, John Primer, Rare Earth, Deep Purple, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ted Nugent, BR549, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Fruteland Jackson,Blind Mississippi Morris, Eric Sardinas, Nappy Brown...
Discography:Austin Walkin\' Cane - One Heart Walkin - 2014
Ohio City Singers - A Town Called Christmas - 2013
Austin Walkin\' Cane - A World Of Blues - 2011
Ohio City Singers - Love & Hope - 2008
Austin Walkin\' Cane - Murder Of A Blues Singer - 2008
Lonesome Stars - Motorbikes, Radios & Dancehalls - 2006
Austin Walkin\' Cane - 706 Union Ave. - 2003
Walkin\' Cane Band - Radio Cafe - 2001
Walkin’ Cane & The Skydogs - Help Yourself - 1997
The Skydogs - And Then... - 1994
College Performances - 2008 - present
University of Cincinnati - Cincinnati, OH
Kellogg Community College - Battlecreek, MI
Aquinas College - Grand Rapids, MI
University of St Francis - Joliet, IL
Gateway Technical College - Racine, WI, Kenosha, WI, Elkhorn, WI
Lake Land College, Mattoon, IL
Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, IL
Tompkins Cortland Community College - Dryden, NY
St Marys College of MD - St. Marys City, MD
Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, OH
Western Carolina University - Cullowhee, NC
SUNY - Oneonta State College - Oneonta, NY
Normandale Community College - Bloomington, MN
North Dakota State University - Fargo, ND
Fox Valley Tech. College - Appleton, WI
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh,WI
Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA
Waynesburg University - Waynesburg, PA
Edison Community College - Piqua, OH
College of Lake County - Grayslake, IL
Music & Arts Showcases
NACA National - Boston, MA
OAPN Conference - Sandusky, OH
NACA Northern Plains Showcase - Minneapolis/St. Paul MN
NACA Mid-Atlantic Showcase - E. Shroudsburg, PA
NACA Mid-American Showcase -