Show Review – Doc Walker

Who: Doc Walker
When: October 21, 2016
Venue: Club Regent Event Centre
Where: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Genre: Country

Hometown boys, Chris Thorsteinson and Dave Wasyliw, otherwise known as Doc Walker, took to the stage for the ECHO ROAD – The Best Of Doc Walker Tour to prove that they still have what it takes after more than 20 years in the business. And they did!

What a great way to take a trip down memory lane: listening to the over 20 years of hits that Doc Walker performed on stage. The set was jam packed with their best songs, starting off with “Beautiful Life” and ending with “The Show is Free.” But that didn’t stop Thorsteinson from adding a couple of more into the mix. Part way through, a fan shouted out that she wanted to hear “Good Day to Ride” from the album of the same name produced in 1995. They didn’t know if they even remembered how to play it, but Wasyliw and Thorsteinson chatted about the hilarious antics of the making of the video for this song first then performed an acoustic version of it. You could see just how much they enjoyed performing it and how much the crowd enjoyed hearing it. The applause was thunderous.

The storytelling was my favourite part of the night. There were neighbours, family and friends since childhood in the crowd so stories were told from their past that have never been told before, stories of growing up and even songwriting experiences. This brought a new level of closeness between Doc Walker and their fans.

With the energy in the room so extraordinary, the entire band’s energy became pumped up. They were constantly in motion and simply had fun. Thorsteinson got the people in the pit to two-step to “Country Girl.” I think that was a first for that venue. It was great to hear their latest single “Heaven on Dirt” as well as “Western Wind” (another fan request during the encore that wasn’t on the set list) from their album The Best of Doc Walker Echo Road. The night went by way too fast but Chris Thorsteinson said, “ We had fun and I couldn’t believe how many songs we crammed into the set.”

Doc Walker, after all these years still has it. They “Put In Into Drive,” they were not “Driving With Their Brakes On” and “That’s How I Like It.”

Doc Walker has seven more shows across Western Canada ending November 21. Check out their website for more info. This is one tour you really don’t want to miss.

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