The Levee Walkers: Pearl Jam Meets Guns N’ Roses Meets Screaming Trees Et Al
Hailing from Seattle, The Levee Walkers are a supergroup composed of Pearl Jam axe-man Mike McCready, Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Barrett Martin of quite a few bands, notably Screaming Trees. Seattle singer-songwriter Ayron Jones was recruited for vocals on the Walkers’ latest single, All Things Fade Away. Martin produced Jones’ Audio Paint Job recently, and got the idea for the lastest collaboration when he introduced him to his bandmates. Jones wrote lyrics for the Levee Walkers music, and McKagan was impressed enough to invite him to open Guns N’ Roses’ September show in Washington.
Says McKagan, “Ayron is such a special and badass new Seattle artist. I went to a show of his last year in Seattle, and it was one of those that just simply made me realize how glad I am that I chose music as a path. Mike and Barrett are, of course, the best at what they do as well. I’m a proud Walker of Levees!” McCready adds, “The three of us [conceived the Levee Walkers] to make music with guest vocalists. It’s been a cool, enlightening experience for me as Duff and Barrett push me to be a better musician. We’ve been lucky enough to have Jaz Coleman from Killing Joke and Latin artist Raquel Sophia sing with us. Our latest great singer and guitar player is Ayron Jones from Seattle. Ayron is a super-talented singer-songwriter who has added a new fuel to the fire of Levee Walkers songs. He is also a smokin’ guitar player that needs to be heard.”
All Things Fade Away, which is backed with another new tune, Madness, is the third single from the band. Last year, they released a couple of tracks featuring Coleman and Sophia. The new release was produced by Martin; the tracks are available now, both in digital form and on a seven incher.
Ironically, Anthony Hassett, who designed the artwork for the All Things Fade Away packaging, passed away during the recording sessions.