Schubas Tavern-Chicago, IL
January 8th, 2010
Night #4 of 4, Fan Request show
Photos by: Billie Jo Sheehan
By Anthony Kuzminski
I have watched bands with a slew of top-forty hits not muster a tenth of the energy Walker can. The relationship between artist and fan is a sacred relationship. There are ways to cater to your art and the fan’s needs simultaneously and these shows were prime examples of what one can pull off. Walker has an innate ability to always make his crowd a part of the performance and not mere spectators. On the evening’s finale, “Take Tomorrow”, there was no microphone and it was Walker, his acoustic and a series of conjoined hushed voices bringing the series of shows full circle where Walker and the crowd became one. The most important thing for an artist to accomplish between themselves and their audience is a connection. I can say without hesitation that Walker does this better than anyone else on the road at this given time. You can manipulate someone to buy your record but you can’t force them to follow you, be a fan or admire you. He has created his own paradigm built on the relationship he has with his fans.
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