Bobby "Black Hat" Walters

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Bobby "BlackHat" Walters

Bobby BlackHat, Virginia’s Blues Ambassador, award winning recording artist, harmonica player, vocalist, songwriter, comedian, actor, and producer has been playing harmonica for over 46 years. Bobby is a retired U.S. Coast Guard Commander with 27 years of distinguished service which included serving as Military Aide to the President and being awarded the Coast Guard Medal for Heroism.

He has opened for music legends: B.B King, Taj Mahal, Delbert McClinton, Patty Labelle, Ramsey Lewis, and Maze. He has also performed with Eddie Shaw, Kenny Neal, Ruthie Foster, Tas Cru, Jason Ricci, Slam Allen, Mick Kolassa, Fernando Jone., Memphis Gold, and Lurrie Bell. He has released 6 CDs and numerous singles.

Bobby has competed at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, TN in both the solo/duo and band categories and was a 2016 IBC finalist. BlackHat now serves as a IBC judge. Bobby BlackHat blends the influences of Chicago, Memphis, Piedmont, and Delta style blues along with a little Gospel into a Toe Tappin’, Finger Poppin’, Hip Shakin’ Blues experience. You Never Know What’s Gonna Happen at a Bobby BlackHat Show!

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

Why SEYDEL harmonicas?

"Rupert Oysler introduced me to the Seydel Session Steel at the SPAH convention in Virginia Beach. He said I would love it and he was right. It only took a few smooth blues riffs to convince me that Seydel was the best harp I had ever played."

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