Walter Salas-Humara

Walter Salas-Humara

Walter Salas-Humara


Rhyme & Reason Records

Walter Salas-Humara has been excelling at this whole “alt-country/roots rock” thing since before it had a name, first with his legendary band The Silos, and now as a solo performer. Born in Havana, Cuba and relocating to Ft. Lauderdale when he was three, his early life was dedicated to music – he started on the drums at age seven, switching to guitar before he helped found the outsider band The Vulgar Boatmen in college.

Walterio (Salas-Humara’s nickname) sounds like it could have been recorded at any time in his career, with his characteristic strong songwriting and ardent wordplay – some of which is in Spanish such as the opening “El Camino De Oro”. “Here We Go” reminds one of moments with the Silos, such as on their masterpiece, 1985’s Cuba. “Will You Be Ready” is a call to arms, with its chorus of “When the government starts to fall/ Will you be ready” – capped off with a fiery burst of harmonica. Salas-Humara is backed up for most of the album by Joe Reyes on guitar and keyboards, Rod Hohl on bass and drummer Konrad Meissner. The result is a winning combination of strident rockers – “She’s A Caveman”, the funky “Hecho En Galicia” and a cover of Pat MacDonald’s (of Timbuk 3) “Hard (Only Human)”.

Walter Salas-Humara is an all-star of the “alt-whatever” movement, from his days in The Silos to present, and Walterio provides a stellar example of his many strengths, and if you’re not familiar with his work…well, no time like the present.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Nala Sinephro
    Nala Sinephro

    Space 1.8 (Warp Records). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Looped

    A fading film star still can turn up the heat in this outrageous comedy.

  • The Book of Merman
    The Book of Merman

    A parody musical about a parody musical about a parody religion.

  • Flood Twin
    Flood Twin

    Flood Twin. Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Los Lobos
    Los Lobos

    Native Sons (New West). Review by Julius C. Lacking.

  • Adam Bloom
    Adam Bloom

    Sugar Sweet (Indie). Review by Christopher Long.

  • Alonso Ruizpalacios
    Alonso Ruizpalacios

    Generoso speaks with director Alonso Ruizpalacios, whose dynamic new feature, A Cop Movie, utilizes a unique and effective hybrid documentary style to examine police corruption in and around Mexico City. A Cop Movie was the winner of the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution at the 2021 Berlin Film Festival.

  • Sarah McQuaid
    Sarah McQuaid

    The St. Buryan Sessions (Shovel and a Spade Records). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Hearty Har
    Hearty Har

    Radio Astro (BMG). Review by Julius C. Lacking.

  • Junkwraith

    A young woman abandons a promising skating career only to be chased by her inner demons.

From the Archives