Booking contact: Lisa Walters
Entertainment Unlimited (925) 280-9133
John Haley-Walker lopes on stage with long. lean legs and a smile as warm as Texas sunshine. He ropes in his audience with a witty, engaging stage presence, a sweet, strong baritone voice and beautiful melodies - then zings them with lyrics at turns heartbreaking, sardonic, tender and sharply funny.
His songs range from brutally insightful tales of romance gone wrong to openly affectionate tributes to his children. He writes the kind of tunes that creep into your heart and nest there for keeps.
Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, he began picking guitar at age 15, playing first with rock bands, then turning to folk music. His early musical influences run the gamut from Bela Bartok to Ray Davies. Favorite songwriters include Loudon Wainwright III, Tom Waits, Randy Newman and John Prine.
He cut off a budding musical career when his first daughter was born, deciding he had to "grow up and be a responsible person." But years later, after the breakup of his marriage, he started writing again, "with a vengeance." He resettled in the Bay Area in 1991, joined the Northern California Songwriters Association and started scooping up monthly prizes for local songwriting competitions. He was the winner of the NCSA Song of the Year in both 1993 and 1998. He was a finalist at the 2001 Kerville Folk Festival.
He has performed at Sweetwater in Mill Valley, Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, Cafe Montreal in Sacramento, Buffalo Gap in Portland, The Point in Philadelphia, Gerde's Folk City in New York City and on KPFA radio.