Wammo VS Forsyth: Two Former Leaders ofThe Asylum Street Spankers Battle it Out Onstage
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Guy “Spanky” Forsyth, the founding leader of the Asylum Street Spankers, and Wammo, his successor to that particular mantle, team up in retaliation for the Spankers’ recent farewell tour, on which they did not appear.
Guy Forsyth and Wammo were unable to join the Asylum Street Spankers’ farewell tour, but they’ve put together a duo project called Wammo vs. Forsyth that consists of new material they’ve been writing together, as well as fan favorites that they wrote while in the Spankers. Their fans were very disappointed when they learned they wouldn’t be able to make the last Spankers tour, so they’re taking this duo show on the road.
Performer, poet, musician, visual artist: Wammo defies simple classification. He’s a singer/songwriter who can also express himself through paint on canvas, a record producer who is also a performance poet, an actor who is also at ease behind the camera, a crackerjack washboard player with comic timing to match. This multi-talented man is creative to his core. Born in NYC but raised in the wilds of Texas, Wammo is an American original. The eldest son of Metropolitan Opera star William Walker, Wammo grew up as a musical omnivore who embraced influences ranging from Beethoven to the Beatles to Black Flag. As cofounder of the Asylum Street Spankers, Wammo established himself as a creative force in America’s roots music revival leading into the 21st century. By 2010, Wammo had performed on nine Spankers albums (of which he produced two), two more solo albums, two full-length concert DVDs, and had appeared on stages and in music festivals across America.
Austin singer/songwriter Guy Forsyth brought his skills as a stellar live performer to help found and make infamous nationwide the Asylum Street Spankers. He gave Wammo his first washboard and Christina Marrs her first guitar and ukulele. His time with the Spankers touring and recording 5 albums added to a wealth of earlier unique experiences in his life—working as a stuntman in renaissance shows, busking on the streets of New Orleans and playing on a mountaintop in Nepal—which provided him musical fodder to be refined in the songs of Forsyth’s numerous solo albums. He was awarded an Austin Music Award for Best Male Vocalist in 2005, and has received numerous other AMAs over the years, in categories such as Blues and Best Miscellaneous Instrument Player (singing saw). Forsyth has opened for and shared the stage with musicians such as B.B. King, Ray Charles, Lucinda Williams, Jimmy Vaughn, Dr. John and Robert Cray.