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Bob Walkenhorst

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Kansas City Profiles Presented by Easton Roofing-Rainmaker and Musicmaker-Bob Walkenhorst

Danny Clinkscale: Reasonably Irreverent

A good time with a Rainmakers show looming at Knuckleheads on December 27th to re-visit a fascinating conversation about a life’s journey, musically and otherwise, that traverses through that band and so much more.

1hr 8mins

19 Dec 2019

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Episode 9: Bob Walkenhorst

Should Be Famous

Very happy to put this episode back up after some drama with A-p-p-1-e over copyright concerns. It’s one of my favorites! I recognized Bob Walkenhorst, front man of The Rainmakers, as a true talent the first time I heard him at a coffee shop with my uncle here in Kansas City where he’s from. Don’t let that throw you, though–he’s had a successful rock career with several albums, touring, the whole bit, and his old group is back together! Here’s my talk with him with of course some of his music.

14 Jul 2009

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Bob Walkenhorst -venue Molloys irish Pub 2004

Backalley blues

In thirteen new (and very short) songs, Walkenhorst has pared his already elemental approach to song arrangements down to a skeletal acoustic guitar, bass, and drums, most often played by his one-man-band. Harmonica is the lead instrument of choice, with the notable exception of a honking sax solo by Johnny Reno on “Jan Vermeer,� a Chuck Berry-style rocker about the great Dutch painter. The only lead guitar solo on the CD is played by Kansas City guitarist Jack W. Hayhow, Jr., on another retro-rocker, “J-Walkers,� about the first band Walkenhorst ever heard. Vocal harmonies appear on only one song, “Just Leaving.� From the sparse instrumentation to the early-’60s-style extreme-stereo production, the overall sound of The Beginner is as much about what has not been recorded as it is about what you do hear.

5mins

28 May 2007

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BackAlleyBlues

THE BEGINNER — Bob Walkenhorst When a great rock n’roll band comes to an end, where does the music go? Bob Walkenhorst, lead singer and songwriter of The Rainmakers, answers that question on his first solo CD, The Beginner. “I didn’t want to make a record where I set out to prove that I could single-handedly make up for the absence of the Rainmakers. Instead, I wanted this to be a discovery of what I truly sounded like without them.” In thirteen new (and very short) songs, Walkenhorst has pared his already elemental approach to song arrangements down to a skeletal acoustic guitar, bass, and drums, most often played by his one-man-band. Harmonica is the lead instrument of choice, with the notable exception of a honking sax solo by Johnny Reno on “Jan Vermeer,” a Chuck Berry-style rocker about the great Dutch painter. The only lead guitar solo on the CD is played by Kansas City guitarist Jack W. Hayhow, Jr., on another retro-rocker, “J-Walkers,” about the first band Walkenhorst ever heard. Vocal harmonies appear on only one song, “Just Leaving.” From the sparse instrumentation to the early-’60s-style extreme-stereo production, the overall sound of The Beginner is as much about what has not been recorded as it is about what you do hear.

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5 Apr 2006

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