Best of Springfield

BEST SONGWRITER / BEST GUITARIST

Micah Walk

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Photo by Kari Bedford Photography

Few area songwriters have had more of an impact on the local music community than Girard native and now Springfield resident Micah Walk. Since his move to the capital city several years ago after a short stint in Chicago, he quickly settled into the area scene, performing steadily as a solo artist, with his Micah Walk Band and most recently as a member of the popular, award-winning, power Americana trio, The Deep Hollow, with fellow musicians Elizabeth Eckert and Dave Littrell.

Through years of teaching guitar and songwriting, his influence now reaches into the younger generation, as some of Walk's students can be seen performing out in local venues as well as participating professionally on a national level. The mild-mannered and highly talented singer, songwriter and guitarist stays busy playing music in some form or another for a good reason, as Walk is one of the few area musicians making a living from making music.

In addition to his acumen as a guitarist and ingenuity as a songwriter, he is also part of a kids' music duo called Tater Tots Rock and plays in one of Springfield's top cover show bands, The Shenanigans. It's enough proof of Walk's talent that he's received several Best of Springfield awards in years past from our discerning readers, but folks outside our area have also recognized his abilities.

In 2014, he released a solo album featuring a collection of his original songs through work with Grammy-nominated producer Jamie Candiloro. During the whirlwind year of 2020, our intrepid songster completed a Kickstarter crowdfunding project that allowed him to produce a new album (slated for release in 2021) in Nashville, Tennessee, with more heavy hitters in the music industry, including Sadler Vaden, guitarist of Jason Isbel's Grammy-award winning band, the 400 Unit. We all expect and anticipate more magnificent music to continue to come from the mind and fingers of Micah Walk for years to come.

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