Robbie Walden and the Gun Slingers Open County Fair

The Red Hot Guitar of Henry Smith

Henry Smith, Lead Guitar

Darin Watkins on Drums

Jeff Leonard, Bass Guitar

Colby Sanders, Melody and Lead Guitar

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From the left, Darin Watkins, Jeff Leonard, Robbie Walden, Henry Smith, and Colby Sanders.

Robbie Walden and the Gunslingers performed at the Clallam County Fair Friday afternoon to an enthusiastic crowd of fans.  Robbie, who grew up in Sequim, was clearly excited about performing in his old stomping grounds.  Of course, anyone who knows Robbie also knows that he is naturally wired all the time anyway, but the band members all say that Robbie is the most enthusiastic and driven musician they have ever worked with.

The Red Hot Guitar of Henry Smith

The Red Hot Guitar of Henry Smith

Walden and his group have been playing and entertaining crowds in venues around the greater Seattle/Tacoma area, on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington, as well as around the country.  The band is called “Robbie Walden and The Gun Slingers” and consists of very talented and seasoned musicians.  In our interview of Robbie, he praises his band members for several minutes explaining they are “gifted musicians who periodically are hired and sent to California to record special pieces for other famous musicians.”

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Robbie Walden on Rhythm

The members of the Gun Slingers have played with or opened for monster acts like Sting, Styx, Jefferson Starship, Johnny Lang, Vicci Martinez, and even the great B.B. King. Robbie is their vocalist and plays rhythm guitar.  Colby Sanders’ plays melody and lead guitar.   Henry Smith is lead guitarist, and Darin Watkins is on drums.   And last, Jeff Leonard plays bass guitar.  Their piano man is Eric Roberts’, although Eric was not performing with them at the County Fair.

Darin Watkins on Drums

Darin Watkins on Drums

Henry Smith, Lead Guitar

Henry Smith, Lead Guitar

The band was clearly the favorite at the Fair.  Their skill as musicians almost surprises people when they first hear it.  Many bands’ music can be described as cacophonous and loud with moments of clarity.  But Robbie Walden and the Gun Slingers are a fresh breath of outdoor concert air with clear powerful sounds coming from each instrument, sometimes softly and sometimes exploding, but always perfectly melodious.

Jeff Leonard, Bass Guitar

Jeff Leonard, Bass Guitar

What kind of music do they play?  That’s harder to describe than it is to listen to.  Their musical talent spans a variety of styles, including pop, rock, country, blues, gospel, and reggae.  One thing for sure, the sounds that come out of those instruments, the vocal talent of Robbie Walden, and the synergistic result is definitely good entertainment.

The Clallam County Fair continues today and tomorrow, and there is good food, good entertainment, and people of all shapes and sizes.  If that is entertainment enough, come listen to the music.

Colby Sanders, Melody and Lead Guitar

Colby Sanders, Melody and Lead Guitar

You can learn more about Robbie Walden and the Gun Slingers at his website, which is Robbie Walden and the Gun Slingers on MySpace.  To inquire about having the band perform, you may email editor@Sequim-News.com.

This story and photos courtesy of the staff of SequimNews.net.  SequimNews.net is the hottest new online newspaper for the Sequim and Port Angeles area, giving readers totally free subscriptions, free classifieds, and opportunities for local writers to exercise their talents for the mutual benefit of everyone in the community.  No newspaper does what we do, give all our services to local non-profits absolutely free.  No newspaper offers local businesses the most powerful Internet advertising and at the same time some of the most inexpensive advertising rates in the industry.  No wonder Sequim and Port Angeles residents are spiking our presence in the virtual world of the Internet.

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