7 Walkers Announce Self-Titled Debut Release

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7 Walkers Featuring Bill Kreutzmann and Papa Mali Announce Their Self-
Titled Debut Release, To Be Released November 2, 2010

Famed drummer and Grateful Dead co-founder Bill Kreutzmann and voodoo
guitar master Papa Mali come together as 7 Walkers for their self-
titled debut release, due out November 2, 2010 on Response Records.
With nearly all of its songs co-penned by Papa Mali and longtime
Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, 7 Walkers is an electrifying
hybrid of classic Bay Area rock and New Orleans funk.

Together with legendary New Orleans bass man George Porter Jr. (The
Meters, Funky Meters) and multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard (Willie
Nelson, Fastball), the highly anticipated release features a batch of
brand-new originals, a guest performance by Willie Nelson on "King
Cotton Blues," and a few smokin' instrumentals. A self-proclaimed
"open love letter" to the city of New Orleans, the end result is a
fiery and funky collection of tunes that quite brilliantly capture a
unique collaboration between these very different musical shamans.

For both Kreutzmann and Papa Mali, 7 Walkers—whose name is borrowed
from one of the band's songs—is something of a dream come true.
Kreutzmann has New Orleans in his DNA, literally—his mother was born
there—and he's always been partial to the city's music. "I have a real
feeling for that music and I get along with the folks down there
really well," he says.

The Crescent City, of course, also impacted native Louisianan Papa
Mali incalculably. Although he grew up in Shreveport, he made frequent
trips during his youth to New Orleans, where his mom's family was
from. "I bought my clothes and my records there, saw lots of live
music there and began to forge my own personal style and musical
identity in New Orleans," he says.

The songwriting partnership between Robert Hunter and Papa Mali
created undeniable chemistry. Their collaboration, says Kreutzmann,
"reminds me very much, and not because of the personalities or
anything, of Garcia and Hunter working together, in that really tight
fashion. Those words, if you just read them, they're fun stories, but
when you put the music to them it sends them over the top."

He'll get no argument from Robert Hunter. "7 Walkers hit the ball so
far out of the park it's still sailing," he says about the album. "It
might actually have gone into orbit. I'm very proud to be part of the
project. This album is sheer joy from first note to last."

Look for 7 Walkers on tour this fall.

Fri - Oct 01 - Uptown Theatre Napa CA
Fri - Oct 01 - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Speedway Meadows San
Francisco CA
Fri - Oct 22 - Revolution Hall Fort Lauderdale FL
Sat - Oct 23 - Magnolia Music Festival Live Oak Fl
Mon - Oct 25 - Saint Rocke Hermosa Beach CA
Tue - Oct 26 - Winston's Beach Club San Diego CA
Thu - Oct 28 - Coach House San Juan Capistrano CA
Fri - Oct 29 - Moe's Alley Santa Cruz CA
Sat - Oct 30 - Las Tortugas Festival Groveland CA
Sun - Oct 31 - Las Tortugas Festival Groveland CA
Thu - Dec 09 - Mohegan Sun Casino Uncasville CT
Fri - Dec 10 - Narrow Center for the Arts Fall River MA
Sat - Dec 11 - Higher Ground South Burlington VT
Sun - Dec 12 - Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry NH
Tue - Dec 14 - Port City Music Hall Portland ME
Thu - Dec 16 - Stage One Fairfield CT
Fri - Dec 17 - Boulton Center for the Arts Bay Shore NY
Sat - Dec 18 - World Cafe Live Philadelphia PA
Sun - Dec 19 - City Winery New York NY
Tue - Dec 28 - Tupelo Music Hall White River Junction VT
Wed - Dec 29 - Pearl Street Northampton MA
Thu - Dec 30 - Westcott Theater Syracuse NY
Fri - Dec 31 - The Silo Reading PA

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