On Friday, November 24 — armed with just a guitar and his rich, raw, wise-beyond-its-years baritone voice echoing the artists of the past legendary ages — singer/songwriter and Jerry Lee Lewis opener Colter Wall transported the audience at Theater at The Ace Hotel to another time. And what an enjoyable time it was.
The Saskatchewan-born Wall is influenced by and draws his musical and stylistic inspiration from Hank Williams, Robert Johnson, Bib Dylan, Johnny Cash, Townes Van Zandt and the Band. On the Americana side, Wall leans toward pioneers such as Ray Lamontagne, Shakey Graves and more.
A relative newcomer to the music scene, Wall has made impact seen in the company Saskatchewan bluegrass trailblazers, The Dead South. But, at this show, what made a strong impression on his own with his mature, visually-provoking storytelling song lyrics and the accompanying background information he gave with each one displaying his humor, wit and unique way of looking at the world around him. A phenomenal guitarist with a great technique showcasing a nimble dexterity, Wall wowed the crowd with his sensational, intricate picking style.
The talented singer/songwriter thanked Jerry Lee Lewis for the opportunity to open for him. It’s clear Jerry Lee Lewis can spot an up-and-coming artist that can deliver the goods. Colter Wall lived up to those expectations and rose to the occasion. Wall delivered a strong set that certainly made an impression on audience members who had never heard his music before.
Colton Wall’s debut self titled album is out now.