Americana Highways presents this premiere of “Dish Wiped Clean” from Uncle Walt’s Band’s 1974 debut Blame it on the Bossa Nova (reissued with a different track order after the first 1,000 copies sold out, but at that point titled simply Uncle Walt’s Band) now returning as a reissue, produced by Mark Michel and remastered with 11 unreleased demo tracks, due out on Omnivore on March 29th.
The new release Uncle Walt’s Band features liner notes with the words of Uncle Walt’s Band members Walter Hyatt, Champ Hood and surviving member David Ball, with additional commentary by Lyle Lovett (who has long touted the abiding influence of the band), Marcia Ball, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Marshall Chapman, Peter Cooper, and journalists Doug Freeman and Michael Hall.
Uncle Walt’s Band members Dave Ball, Walter Hyatt, and Champ Hood will regale you with their intricate hi register harmonies on “Dish Wiped Clean.” There’s an intangible, moving quality in the song. It also serves as a great hook for the rest of the album; one listen and you’ll want more. The only surviving member of the trio, Dave Ball, had this to say:
“I was really trying to write something with some chords that I heard Champ [Hood] play some guitar over. It seemed to fit his style.Trying to sound like something out of the 30’s.Back then also some of us had some sort of curfew, which would come up in conversation sometimes. Weekends a certain time, weekdays earlier, on and on.” —David Ball
Give it a listen right here; ordering link further below.