Almanac Music: From New Orleans – Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington and The Roadrunners


Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington born and bred in New Orleans 74 years ago.


He has been a mainstay in the New Orleans music scene since the early 1960s. He cut his teeth backing up some of the best singers and performers in New Orleans history including Lee Dorsey, Johnny Adams, and Irma Thomas before putting together his long time band The Roadmasters, who have been burning down and burning up local and national stages since their first gigs in the 1980s.


I first saw Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington play at D.B.A.’s on Frenchman during my first trip to Jazzfest  in New Orleans, and have seen numerous times since. A regular in the clubs around NO his  infectious blues playing is always sure to draw appreciative audiences and his music a delight to groove along with.



Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington and The Roadmasters live at Jazzfest New Orleans 2019


Track from Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington’s new album.



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About Colin Ritchie

Retired teacher who enjoys following the Bombers, listening to music especially Bob Dylan, reading, and swimming.

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