The much-anticipated CD release of original songs — and a follow-up to his first album “Hillbilly Man” — includes 12 new tunes. If you love to hunt and spend time in the outdoors this record is for you. Crank it up. The songs will get in your head and stay there.
Gabbard, if you haven’t heard, is a hardcore wild turkey, waterfowl and whitetail hunter. He’s also got a voice as smooth as Kentucky bourbon, not to mention being the creative genius behind Zink Calls’ and Avian-X’s video productions — and more. There’s plenty of his love of turkey, duck and deer hunting in these songs. He got a little help from some of the best in the business too.
While making this record and his first album “Hillbilly Man,” Gabbard played with some of the best in the business. “I had a blast down in Nashville recording this new CD and my first one. It was like a dream come true both times. We’ve had the opportunity to work with Tim Crouch, by far one of the best fiddle and acoustic guitar players in the world. Mike Kennedy, who has toured with George Strait for years, was on the drums. James Mitchell was on the electric guitar, and has recorded with Dierks Bentley and Alan Jackson. Randy Khors rocked the resophonic guitars. He also played on a few tracks off Bentley’s new CD. And Jay Weaver, longtime band member with Tanya Tucker, cranked the bass,” says Gabbard.
And it doesn’t stop there. Michael Latterell (Grammy award winner) was the engineer on Gabbard’s “Hillbilly Man’ CD and this follow-up effort “It’s in the Blood.” As Walt says, “He showed me the ropes and really dug into these albums with me. No way would this have been possible if it wasn’t for him.”
So where does he get his inspiration? “Family, friends and hunters like me inspire these songs, especially the people who bought and supported my first album. Thanks to them. Without their help and encouragement this second album wouldn’t have been possible.”
As Gabbard says, “Ever since I can remember I’ve looked for songs to get me pumped up in the mornings to go hunting. I remember looking for the ‘Buckmasters Theme’ way back when, just so I could play it in my truck before I went deer hunting. There have always been songs with a slight hunting theme, but the options are pretty slim when it comes to a collection of songs that was completely geared toward the hardcore hunter that could really get you pumped up on the way to your hunting spot or in the off-season.” Now we have a second Walt Gabbard album to do this too.
How can you get a copy?Visit www.zinkcalls.com or download it on iTunes.