Austin Walkin' Cane

2015 Blues Music Award Nominee (Formerly W.C. Handy Awards)
"Best New Artist Album" - One Heart Walkin'
Blues Foundation - Memphis, TN

"Austin Walkin' Cane arrives bearing not only a cool blues calling card but a commanding voice and fiery Delta chops."
The New Yorker

"If you like Muddy Waters, go see Austin Walkin Cane."
Washington Post

Austin Walkin' Cane is a blues singer, songwriter, and slide guitar impressario from Cleveland, Ohio, who performs across acoustic, solo, duo and electric band mediums. He has toured Australia, Colombia, Nepal, France, Germany, England, and Wales. He has also crossed the United States, perhaps most notably from New Orleans, Louisiana to Juneau, Alaska with only a guitar and suitcase in hand.

Austin walked for ten years with a cane due to an arterial venous malformation he had since birth. While performing on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, a homeless man called out, "Hey Walkin' Cane, got some spare change for a brother?!" Austin subsequently took the jibe as his nickname. In 1996, fter years of battling the inevitable, his left leg was amputated below the knee. A year after the surgery, he returned to the music scene stronger and without need of a cane.

Austin Walkin' Cane's most-recent work, "One Heart Walkin,'" has been nominated for Best New Artist Album by the The Blues Foundation as part of its 36th annual Blues Music Awards. The Blues Music Awards are universally recognized as the highest accolade afforded blues music performers.

"One Heart Walkin'" is the latest incarnation of Walkin' Cane's synthesis of original compositions with roots music cultures, combining and transcending the troubadour traditions of Delta blues, Memphis blues, Chicago blues, and Bourbon Street jazz.
The songs on "One Heart Walkin'" were co-written by Austin with collaborator, guitarist, and grade-school friend, Chris Allen. The album of Allen/Charanghat originals came to life with the help of legendary producer and bassist Don Dixon.

During the summer of 2014, "One Heart Walkin'" was recorded in two days at the historic G.A.R. Hall in Peninsula, Ohio. Built in 1850, the former schoolhouse and Civil War Veteran's hangout, set the perfect mood for the album. Listening to Cane's most recent album is like being a passenger on the old Illinois Central Railroad. These Damn Fine Blues  take the listener from the south side of Chicago, through the deep south of the Mississippi Delta with stops in Memphis, Clarksdale, and Bentonia, ultimately spiriting toward the end of the line in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Austin Walkin' Cane has opened for or performed with: Bobby Blue Bland, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Gregg Allman, Johnny Winter, ZZ Top, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Bobby Rush, John Hammond Jr., Gary Clark Jr., Hubert Sumlin, Willie Big Eyes Smith, John Mooney,  Jaimoe (Allman Bros.), Watermelon Slim, John Primer, Rare Earth, Deep Purple, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Blind Mississippi Morris, Nappy Brown...