Newly Formed WRD is comprised of three mega talented artists that have been putting out great music for years. Though, they may have not been doing it together for all that time. These three heavy weights have decided to work together and recently formed their newest band, WRD.
Robert Wlater’s name makes up the “W” in the group’s title. This Jazz, Funk, keyboardist maybe best known for his slaying of the keys in the band he helped form back in the day, The Greyboy Allstars, with which he toured North America and Europe for 5 years before leaving for another band he formed called, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress.
The Greyboy Allstars – “Still Waiting”
A fun fact about Robert is that he makes a brief cameo apperance in the movie “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story”, for which he helped write one of the soundtracks titled, “(Mama) You Got To Love Your Negro Man”. You can see a brief shot of him as the keyboard player in the house band for Dewey’s 1970’s variety show, “The Dewey Cox Show” (not in the clip below)
Eddie Roberts of The New Mastersounds brings the “R” to WRD and is a master of his guitar. I have seen him live a couple times and this man’s guitar solos alone, will leave you picking your jaw up off the floor at the end of the night. Having helped form and playing in some of the UK’s top notch Jazz bands like, The Eddie Roberts Organization, The Three Deuces, and Gaucho. Eddie eventually went on to play in the band, The New Mastersounds, which I have seen live and was blown away by their heavy, fast paced, Jazz Funked sounds. Check it out for yourself….
The New Mastersounds – “Can You Get It”
The “D” stands for Adam Deitch, the man who keeps the beats flowing. Adam is probably best known for bringing his Hip-Hop/Funk and Jazz influenced drumming style to bands such as, Lettuce, which he founded and has toured with for the past 15 years and the Dub – Hop sounds of the Colorado based band Pretty Lights.
Pretty Lights – “VS. Summertime”
Not only is Adam a remarkable drummer, but, he has also produced tracks for some of today’s top emcees like, 50 Cent, Redman, Talib Kweli, Krs – One, and Jurrasic 5, just to name a few.
Given the backgrounds of these amazing artists, it’s no surprise that this show was one of the best ones of the year for me. I am glad I had the chance to cover these greats so early in the bands life. Enjoy the pics and keep an eye out for them in your city!!! You won’t regret it!!!
By: Jimmy Iles | Director of Operations | @JimmyMWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC