Junto Media is a podcast production company based in Washington, D.C. We are currently developing an audio documentary project centering on the history, artistry, and impact of Uncle Walt's Band.

Walter Hyatt, Champ Hood, and David Ball created a sound that was unique in the 1970s, an amalgam of folk, rock, country, jazz, and rhythm & blues that left audiences thrilled and in awe. Their three-part harmonies, sung around complex arrangements performed acoustically on guitar, fiddle, and stand-up bass, influenced an entire generation of artists including Lyle Lovett, Marcia Ball, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Junior Brown, Nancy Griffith, Shawn Colvin and many more.

Though critically acclaimed, Uncle Walt’s Band never achieved commercial success. Outside of artists and music aficionados in their hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina and their adopted homes of Nashville and Austin, few people have heard of them and fewer still are aware of their profound impact on the style of music that is today called “Americana”.

Through interviews with family, friends, and fans, and deep dives into their music, Shine On: The Life & Legacy of Uncle Walt’s Band will provide new insights into this extremely influential group and the original, unique sound they created. In order to tell this story as completely as possible, Shine On is being produced as an audio documentary and will be released commercially as a multi-part podcast in Spring of 2019, available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and everywhere else great podcasts are available.
   
We'd like to speak with friends and fans of the band who have specific memories from their time in Spartanburg, Nashville, or Austin. If you would like to share your memories and stories of Uncle Walt's Band, please provide your contact information below and tell us a little about your experiences with the band. We'll be in touch soon

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