Colin Meloy covers The Kinks "Do You Remember Walter?"October 24, 2013
"Do You Remember Walter?" From Colin Meloy Sings The Kinks Premieres Today On NPR Music's "All Songs Considered"
Today NPR Music's "All Songs Considered" premieres Meloy's acoustic version of "Do You Remember Walter?" - a song that appeared on 1968's The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, widely regarded as one of the English band's most influential albums. "I'd always appreciated the genius of Ray Davies, but I'd never actually submersed myself and bothered to learn the songs," said Meloy. "These are good songs, folks. Really good songs. Bitter and wicked smart. And Dave Davies is an unsung hero." Meloy's version of "Do You Remember Walter?" is now streaming here.
Meloy, who is the frontman and songwriter for The Decemberists,will kick off his first solo run in five years at Town Hall in New York City on November 1. He'll be playing songs from throughout his career, debuting new material and tossing an occasional Kinks song into the mix. For tickets and tour information, visit http://www.colinmeloy.com/tour.
In the years following Meloy's last solo outing, which coincided with the release of his first-ever live collection, Colin Meloy Sings Live! (2008),The Decemberists have released two full-length albums, an EP and a live collection. The King Is Dead debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2011 and its first single, "Down By The Water," received two GRAMMY® nominations. Meloy has recently been devoting time to The Wildwood Chronicles, a series of novels for children that he created with his wife, illustrator Carson Ellis. The series debut, Wildwood (Balzer + Bray, 2011), was praised by The New York Times as a "richly satisfying weave of reality and fantasy." Under Wildwood followed in 2012, and like the first, became a New York Times bestseller. Wildwood Imperium, the third volume, will be published February 4, 2014.