On October 17, 2005, L.C.Walker passed away without tasting the success he worked for and dreamed about. â€œYou canâ€™t just play the bluesâ€, L.C. used to say, â€œyou live your life, experience your blues, and hope you can make people feel them when you play and singâ€.
Visitors to Chicago know it as the Blues Capital of the World. Behind the neon lights and hot licks is a tough town where hundreds of hungry musicians battle for recognition and work in a shrinking number of clubs that seem to pay less and less every year. Blending a wide range of musical influences with traditional formats, L.C.Walker and Tom Crivellone give listeners a glimpse into the lives of working bluesmen that listeners should find both refreshing and inspiring.
The lyrics for the title track, â€œClosing Timeâ€, talk about the loneliness of the blues lifestyle, and was written shortly before the death of L.C.â€™s mother.
â€œNightshiftâ€ is the second of two lyrics written by L.C. as a tribute to the thousands of people in every town who work the odd shifts that keep everything running smoothly for the rest us.
The lyrics for â€œBack to the Cityâ€ were inspired and co-written by Tomâ€™s friend, Ray Tuccio, an East Coast bluesman. Sometimes, it takes being away for a while to realize that you need to go â€œback to Chicago where I belongâ€.
Anyone who has been to a blues jam at Legends, B.L.U.E.S, Kingston Mines, or any of the downtown clubs in Chicago can tell you that the scene is a lot like a wild west gunfight. Guitar and harp slingers come from literally all over the world for their chance to make a mark on a windy city stage. â€œSchool for the Bluesâ€is about the conflict between their ambition, and reality.
â€œTalk to Meâ€ is about the loss of passion between a stay-at-home spouse and a not-so-faithful wife.
â€œWrap up my Heartâ€ was originally written by Tom as a gift for his wife after realizing, once again, that he could not afford a holiday gift that could represent the love and gratitude he felt for her.
No matter what the topic, all of the music maintains the same driving, soulful rhythm that makes Chicago the Blues capital of the World, and makes Closing Time a CD worth owning.
Guest appearances on this CD by Tom Albanese (harp), Steve Parker (keys), Jennifer and Sherrill Crivellone (vocals)
1. Closing Time
2. Mo Nightshift
3. Back to the City
4. School of the Blues
5. Talk to Me
6. Wrap Up my Heart