Friday Jun 7 2:00 PM
on AT&T Showcase Stage (Fan Fair X)
The band, Walker McGuire, was formed in May 2012 by Jordan Walker and Johnny McGuire, a 22 and 24 year old duo from Vernon, TX and Fairway, KS. Their musical genre is described by the band and their audience as a mix of Texas ‘outlaw’ country, traditional Nashville sound and Southern Rock.
When the two first moved to Nashville they played the Bluebird and a few other spots before meeting at the Commodore during an open mic writer’s night. Jordan liked Johnny’s Dylanesque look and Kansas songs and Johnny was taken by Jordan’s ribald sense of humor and gifted vocals.
Jordan was singing national anthems at local sports games at 3 and grew up listening to Keith Whitley, Reckless Kelly and other country legends ply the music trade. His love of the Texas sound and the blend of traditional Nashville continues to inform his music. More recently Jordan went to school at Midwestern State because it was so close to home, and then toured Texas as a single act before moving here with his then girlfriend and a dog named Nash. Though the girlfriend and Nash have since found other homes, Jordan has found a place in Nashville to work with some great songwriters and continue to make music the focal point of his life.
When Johnny was five years old, he asked his parents for a guitar. His parents obliged wondering if they’d found a way to fund their retirement. His first gig, at age 6, was in a beat up old bar and grill on the outskirts of Branson. The group of old codgers playing that night wasÂ Davey Dodd and the Dreamers. When they saw Johnny in tow with his guitar and cowboy hat they urged him to come join them in a song. They asked him what he wanted to play and he said: John Prine—with a little Doc Watson and Tom Petty thrown in for good measure.
The two now have a regular gig at Paradise Park on Broadway gaining attention from tourists and local fans. Additionally they’ve worked with Gary Cotton, writer for Alan Jackson and others in the 90’s, and have been fortunate to have him help them hone their lyrics, harmonies, and the song writing craft.
Most recently they were discovered at the Hotel Indigo by Big D and Bubba radio show and are on their “Chasin’ the Dream” feature that follows their career throughout the year.
Now writing full time and about to be in a town near you!