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Walter Salas-Humara returns to The Raven

Walter Salas Humara. (Jean Fordyce/Courtesy)

Walter Salas Humara. (Jean Fordyce/Courtesy)

Walter Salas-Humara, co-founder of the Silos, is coming back to Prescott for another performance at The Raven Café ahead of his new album, “Walterio.”

Salas-Humara said he loves Prescott and The Raven, having started playing in the venue about three years ago. This time, he’ll be performing a lot of new songs from the new album, which comes out Friday, Aug. 10. The band includes Stan Clark, son of Jubal Clark, on guitar; Tim Hogan on bass and Wyatt Blair on drums.

“Stan’s really fun to watch and the kid’s amazing on drums,” he said. “We put on a good show.”

Salas-Humara will be playing three sets at The Raven Café, 142 N. Cortez St., at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3.

Some of the songs from the new album are in Spanish, indicative of his Cuban heritage, Salas-Humara said, noting his parents were originally from Havana and his grandparents hailed from Northern Spain. The opening song on the album is actually a song about Northern Spain, he said. There’s lots of other interesting songs on the album.

“There’s a great travel song on there that we’ve been doing called ‘Here We Go,’ which is about traveling around the world,” Salas-Humara said. “We’ve got a fun song called “She’s a Caveman … we’re making a really fun video for that right now.”

“She’s a Caveman” was also written with 15-year-old Tarl Knight, who came up with some fantastic lines, he said in a prior news release provided by Wendy Brynford-Jones.

With the vibe at The Raven, the show is going to have a lot of beautiful songs as well as rock music, Salas-Humara said. They’re all thoughtful and exciting.

“The songs are very soulful and meaningful and beautiful and emotional as well as being fun and catchy,” he said.

The songs recall the punk-edged roots rock of the True Believers, which featured Salas-Humara’s friends Alejandro Escovedo and Jon Dee Graham, and the Setters which saw him play with Escovedo and Michael Hall of The Wild Seeds, according to the news release. Chuck Prophet’s and Bruce Springsteen’s influences are also in the album which reaches into upbeat pop-rock, throwback teen pop and bluesy soul.

Another song on the album is called “Come in a Singer,” which has to do with everybody wanting to leave behind something beautiful, he said. In the release, Salas-Humara noted it speaks to every artist’s desire to be remembered and to have their work remembered.

“We come into this life creating our songs and weaving our stories, and leave behind memories and the songs that embody them,” he said in the release.


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