Since the 1970’s, Walter “Wolfman” Washington has stood out in a city full of great musicians for his unique style and uncommon grace as a guitarist, bandleader and vocalist. Born in 1943, Washington was on the road by his late teens backing the great vocalist Lee Dorsey who was touring in support of his smash hits, “Ride Your Pony” and “Working in a Coalmine.” 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. Dubbed “the Tan Canary” for his peerless vocal stylings, Adams was a mentor of sorts to Washington who developed his singing style while the two worked together at back-of-town clubs.
Watching The Roadmasters, Walter “Wolfman” Washington’s current outfit, is akin to taking a history lesson on black music in America. With his breadth of experience and seemingly endless repertoire, each of his highly danceable shows is one-of-a-kind. The band plays the blues, R&B, soul, funk, jazz and everything in between with pure heart. Walter “Wolfman” Washington has earned numerous accolades over his long career, but he is not one to sit back on his laurels. He maintains a heavy schedule playing with the Roadmasters as well as with his trio, the Chosen Few, and the Joe Krown Trio.