December 05, 2006

Ex-Reid Speechwriter Moonlights as Roots-Rock Crooner

Charleswalston_1 Speechwriters are used to working in the shadows and writing behind the scenes. One local speechwriter gets a chance to step into the spotlight when he performs with his band, the Bourbon Dynasty.

Charles Walston (right) -- a former journalist who has written for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, flacked for Sen. Frank Lautenberg, and now pens speeches at the National Education Association -- is the frontman for the DC-based roots-rock combo. City Paper calls the standout track on their new CD "Girl in the Checkout Line, an uptempo lament of a supermarket shopper who 'ain’t got the nerve to ask' another customer for her phone number" (sample lyric: "She’s puttin’ the ‘wiggle’ in the Piggly Wiggly"). Catch 'em live at IOTA on December 12.

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