Bobby "BlackHat" Walters Featured at Sandler Center

by Shannon Bowman

Bobby "BlackHat" Walters, recording artist, harmonica player, vocalist, songwriter and 2008 International Blues Challenge Semi-Finalist, hails from Cleveland, Ohio and has been playing harp for over 30 years. After retiring from the U.S. Coast Guard, he started taking his harp playing seriously and has been on a meteoric rise as a performer and songwriter. Bobby believes that the best blues comes from personal experience and you can see that philosophy in his orginal works such as "Please Give Me A Clue" and "I Hear Mama's Voice". Bobby has shared the stage with Kenny Neal, Bill Deal and the Rhondels, Jason Ricci and New Blood, Eddie Shaw and Wolfgang, Daryl, Davis, and Ruthie Foster.


Bobby brings together the finest blues musicians in Hampton Roads to perform classic, modern, as well as original blues tunes that will keep your toes tappin and your hips shakin all night long.


"I bought my first harp after hearing Lee Oskar play with WAR in 1972. The sound of his harp just mesmerized me and I knew right then and there I was gonna be a harp player too."


Bobby Blackhat has been voted the MEONA 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 "Harp Player of the Year" and the 2004, 2005 "Blues Entertainer of the Year".


Bobby and Guitarist Larry Berwald were semi-finalists in the solo/duo category at the 2008 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.


In 2006, Bobby added acting credits to his resume when he participated in the filming of the History Channel documentary "Sherman's March to the Sea".


Bobby will be playing at the Out of the Box Music Event at The Sandler Center January 15th. Concert is FREE and is the first in a series on eight concerts.


Bobby ''Blackhat'' Walters - Good Explanation (Long Version) From album Hot Blues Mess/2014


Check out Bobby "Blackhat" Walters online.