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Mark Stary Music Podcast and Harold Tremblay’s House Party on KFAI FM 90.3
** Music & interview start at 1:11:00 **
“you added some unique twists to the standard blues outline … it has a juke joint, blues bar, rock-n-roll feel … was impressed with the lyrics … it has a good vibe to it … I really, really enjoyed it”
“you have some of the who’s who…some of the best players … the top ones … it’s got that sound – that Chicago sound”
With one foot firmly entrenched in ‘50s Chicago blues, and the other planted in the roots stew that is Memphis, Jay Walter and The Rectifiers aim to satisfy. Consisting of some of the best roots/blues musicians the Twin Cities has to offer, The Rectifiers never fail to deliver.
“The Rectifiers draw material from the Chicago masters but also look to the early melding of gospel, rock-a-billy, blues, and country that can be found in the early Sun and Excello recordings. The personnel behind Jay’s harp varies, but the lineup is guaranteed to be top notch.”
Minnesota Blues Society
Jay Walter Wilkins has been fronting some kind of roots/blues band around the Twin Cities for over 30 years. He started off in 1989 when he got laid off from his day job and started frequenting the local jams. His first bands could be described as blues rock outfits, but like many roots/blues guys he kept digging deeper into the original stuff. Eventually he wanted to hook up with a band that played a more traditional Chicago electric blues style.
In 2000 he did just that when The Blues Kings came together with Jeff Hester (guitar), Jack Taylor (bass), and Dave Larson (drums). These guys are all seasoned veterans of the Twin Cities blues scene and at one time or another have played with many of the best blues bands in town. The Blues Kings released two self-produced records. The first was simply titled “Blues Kings”, and the second was “Keep on Rollin”, which included four originals.
In the fall of 2007, The Blues Kings disbanded. Nearly a decade of relative inactivity on the blues scene followed. Eventually Jay decided to put together another band after he retired from his day job. Hence – Jay Walter and The Rectifiers were formed in September 2016. The Rectifiers continue to play 50’s Chicago blues, but also more of the sounds of 50’s Memphis and the Gulf Coast, as well as many originals as featured on “Rectification.” He used a rotating cast of characters for a few months, then solidified the line-up with old Blues Kings bandmates Hester and Taylor, as well as Marty Bryduck on drums. Marty is also a veteran of the Twin Cities scene, and has played with many of the top blues/R-n-B bands over the years.
By July of 2019 Jay decided it was time to record original tunes he had been working on. That month he began a collaboration with John Franken to record rough demos of those songs. In October Jay assembled a band for the recording at Jeremy Johnson’s Barking Dog Studio. He was fortunate to put together a group of some of the top roots/blues players in the Twin Cities. They are: Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame members Dan Schwalbe (guitar), John Franken (guitar), and Bruce McCabe (piano/organ), along with Chris Johnson and John Schroder (bass), and Victor Span (drums).
“Rectification!” was recorded and mixed between October ’19, and February ’20. It includes 10 original songs and one Jimmy Reed cover. Four are rearrangements of songs from the Blues Kings record “Keep on Rollin’.” Hope you like it!
“The personnel behind Jay’s harp varies, but the lineup is guaranteed to be top notch.”
These are folks Jay has shared a stage or studio with:
Alex “Crankshaft” Larson
Dave Sanny RIP
Dave LarsonVictor Span
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