“Walker’s voice has the drag and timbre of a natural soul man …his music is pure blues-rock, buoyed by clean, lyrical guitar solos and the throb of electric organ.” – Michael Dwyer (The Age)
Yorta Yorta singer/songwriter Benny Walker is the real deal. He’s got the lot; the voice, the songs, the showmanship and the looks to kill. His love songs and epic tales are mixed with passion for people, the land, summer vibes and deep grooves that reach the soul. Said to possess one of the best voices in Australia, Benny Walker never fails to take you on a emotionally driven sonic journey.
Debut album Sinners and Saints sling-shot Benny into the limelight landing him 4 NIMA nominations in 2013. In 2016 he gained another 4 NIMA noms for New Talent of the Year, Best Song, Best Cover Art and Best film clip for Oh No You Don’t. This song heralded in a new direction in sound and shot to No.1 on the AMRAP chart. Awarded Victorian Indigenous Performing Arts Award for Best New Talent in 2012 he was crowned “2016 Best Aboriginal Act of the Year” at The Age Music Victoria Awards.
In recent years Benny has played some of the country’s favourite festivals including Woodford, Festival of King Island, Deni Rhythm, Blues and Jazz, Blue Mountains, St Kilda Festival and Byron BluesFest in 2018 & 2019. He has performed alongside some of Australia’s finest, including Archie Roach, Alex Lloyd, Baker Boy, Blue King Brown, Mojo Juju and Tim Rogers.
Late 2019 Benny released the killer track ‘I Don’t Blame You’ which debuted at No.1 on the iTunes Blues chart. He follows this new sound with ‘All Ya Gotta Do Is Call’. He continues to attract more attention; this time from songwriters Joel Quartermain [Eskimo Joe], George Carpenter, Alex Henriksson [Matt Corby] as well as ongoing songwriting with ARIA winners Pip Norman and Jan Skubiszewski.
2020 saw the release of Benny Walker’s third studio album, produced by Jan Skubizsewski. An accomplished solo performer, Benny is regularly joined on stage by his band, where he replaces his acoustic guitar with a Telecaster and indulges his passion for a big blues-rock sound. Both his stunning Solo show and Full Band shows provide different vibes for different stages with both being in rising demand.