On Wednesday, September 22, WWOZ will broadcast a staple of the New Orleans music scene, Walter "Wolfman" Washington and the Roadmasters, live from d.b.a. on Frenchmen Street. The broadcast is sponsored by LetsBeTotallyClear.org, so the show will be totally smoke-free, providing a healthy environment for the musicians, staff and audience.
Walter "Wolfman" Washington has been an icon on the New Orleans music scene for decades. His searing guitar work and soulful vocals have defined the Crescent City's unique musical hybrid of R&B, funk, jazz and the blues since he formed his first band in the 1970s.
Washington began his career backing the great vocalist Lee Dorsey. Before he went out on his own with his Solar System band, Walter also did stints with Irma Thomas as well as with the legendary jazzman David Lastie's Taste of New Orleans band. During the 1970s, Washington began a 20-year association with one of the most important vocalists to hail from Louisiana—the late, great Johnny Adams
Washington was often pigeonholed into the blues genre, but his sound reflects the full range of music from New Orleans. He certainly can howl the blues, hence his nickname, but his musical talents have always defined pure Crescent City soul. In later years, with the second rise of funk, Washington fully embraced that genre as well.