Clay Walker has said he is ready to “whip and roll” after a year and a half of canceled concerts due to the pandemic. The shameless country music artist takes the stage at 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 11 at the Golden Nugget Grand Event Center in Lake Charles. Expect hits such as “This Woman and This Man”, “Live Until I Die”, “If I Could Make a Living Out of Loving You” and songs from the recently released album “Texas to Tennessee”, including “Sometimes You”. Need a bar.
One reviewer criticized the new album for being “more country than anything.” (It’s clear that a reviewer grew up on a tarmac street. Walker didn’t. And reminds fans in song and spirit.)
Walker spoke to American press from Salem Oregon, where he gave his sixth consecutive concert after five stops in California. The next stop was Montana. When he finally arrives in Lake Charles, he won’t be far from home, at least from his Texan roots, and plans to spend time with his family.
âMy mother still lives in Vidor and I have a sister in Lake Charles, my little sister. I took care of her and I always do, âhe says with a chuckle like any older brother trying to get under his sister’s skin. “I remind her as often as possible that I am mom’s favorite.”
The album title “Texas to Tennessee” hints at Walker’s ability to feel at home just about anywhere, but mostly in Tennessee, his home now, and Texas, where he says ” shaped his life and his career “. He said southwest Louisiana looks a lot like east Texas. Most fans know that Walker was discovered in a bar in Beaumont.
âI went to my first concerts at the Lake Charles Civic Center in the 1980s, Alabama, and ZZ Top,â he said.
He considers himself a traditionalist, calling Merle Haggard greater.
âGeorge Strait stood on the shoulders of men like Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty and Willie Nelson,â Walker said. “I have to stand on the shoulders of the Strait of George.”
However, do not think of him as an aspirant. People Magazine calls him a country music pioneer. He prefers the micro-evolution of country music, focusing on what makes country, country. Walker brings his own unique abilities to the table, including that Clay Walker’s voice that melts on a hot cookie.
âI took singing lessons,â as well as guitar and piano lessons, he says.
Walker credits his loyal fans and the creative talent behind âTexas to Tennessee,â including producer Michael Knox who helped make the Walker possible – creator of 6 number one singles, 31 Billboard songs, four platinum albums and two gold albums – once again to achieve something important with this latest album.
Walker knows his audience, especially his Lake Charles and East Texas fans, many of whom will be at the Golden Nugget to hear him on September 11. He knows what the people of southwest Louisiana and East Texas have been through and continue to experience. Her mother and a first cousin lost their home to the Harvey floods. Her sister in Lake Charles is still fighting with her insurance company over her claim for Hurricane Laura.
âI’ve never heard my mom complain once,â Walker said, âand my sister, she’s definitely a junk.
It wasn’t easy for Walker to spend a lot of time in the bathroom alone growing up with four sisters.
âI only needed a few seconds to listen to two songs,â he said. “More than a feeling” and “The Lady of New Orleans”. As I made my way to school, I played the last song of my morning trilogy, “Sweet Home Alabama”.
He is the father of six children. Two daughters are from a previous marriage. A new addition for the latest unborn will allow her kids to take the time to listen to their favorites as they get ready for school. Nevertheless, he assures his audience that he has not forgotten where he came from.
âWe are real people with real issues and real love,â he said.
Walker was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 26. It’s a comorbidity and he was vaccinated, but he hates how politicized the vaccine has become. He also takes zinc and vitamin D, claiming most are deficient in vitamin D. He feels responsible for protecting those most vulnerable to disease in his life and his audience, especially the elderly.
I do not stay away, however. he said. âI want to go on with my life. This is who I am.