"Success is often directly proportionate to the amount of work someone’s willing to put in. Hard work has been synonymous with the Rhett Walker Band since they released their debut in 2012. The last few years have proven all four members have a relentless work ethic, rarely witnessed in new bands. Road warriors, the group spends every spare minute off-stage developing their craft, evidenced in their second full-length project, Here’s to the Ones (Essential/Sony).
Since their debut, Come to the River, the band has toured non-stop, spending more time on the road than at home. “We’ve always been that blue collar kind of band that’s just hard work and dreams; and you put them together, and you make something happen,” says Walker. The debut effort generated the band’s first Top 5 hit, “When Mercy Found Me,” and garnered Walker a GRAMMY© nomination. In addition, since its inception, the band has been invited three times to perform on the Grand Ole Opry—a stage they’re comfortable on since a blend of country and southern rock define their well-honed sound.
The band members’ southern breeding shows up on all 11 tracks on Here’s to the Ones. Walker hails from South Carolina, while Kenny Davis (drums) is a Texas native. Kevin Whitsett (bass) is from North Carolina, and Joe Kane (guitar) grew up in Oklahoma. The four men met in Nashville, drawn together by a collective love of music and a desire to pursue a career recording and touring.
“Where we’re from, it’s trucks and tractors and dirt roads,” Walker shares. “Everybody grows up and works around the same place and no one really leaves that town.” They may have grown up hog hunting and fishing, but the members of the Rhett Walker Band all individually discovered a love of music early on. Their diverse influences—ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Marshall Tucker Band to Tonic and The Wallflowers—are expertly woven throughout the album. Paul Moak (Third Day, Mat Kearney) served as the producer on every track, with the exception of two cuts produced by Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Dave Barnes) and one track produced by the band itself.
While the group ended up incorporating a few outside writers on tracks that appear on the final ver- sion of the project, the heart and soul of Here’s to the Ones stays true to the tunes the band penned in Vegas and the values the Rhett Walker Band has become known for—faith, family and country."