Wally's Music Page

This page is music I have recorded with various groups over the past few years.

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When I first started playing drums again in the 1990's it was because I was taking guitar lessons. My guitar teacher was having a party and invited all his students. He could not find a drummer willing to come to a party filled with wanna-be guitar players. The guitar teacher had convinced my friend Kenny Smith (whom taught bass guitar at the same music store) to play bass for the party, then Kenny turned around and cajoled me into me into sitting in on drums. I had not played drums since the early 1970's and was not very keen to embarrass myself even more than my guitar playing already did, but I did it anyway. It was the first time my wife Wendy had ever seen me play drums and the next Christmas she got me a set of drums. After a few months, I got a reasonable set of chops back.

Soon, Kenny Smith and I hooked up as a rhythm section (bass & drums). Referring to ourselves as Smith & Hampton, we hired ourselves out to various local guitar slingers, bands and one-off gigs where we could. Living close to the naval ship yards in Bremerton and the submarine base Bangor, there were a lot of transient guitar slingers looking to let loose when they were on shore and we helped them out! We only recorded once under this format, calling it Smith & Hampton Sessions.

Kenny grew up in El Paso and had a record label called Suemi Records (like in 'If you don't like it, sue me'). You can find out more about Suemi Records and the El Paso Rock scene via search as his web sites are no longer maintained, (as Kenny died in 2011).

Kenny had a small recording studio right around the corner from my from where I used to live and we recorded Blakeslee and more recently, Ralph and Wally.



Ralph & Wally

Ralph & Wally: Ralph Baker - Guitar, Harmonica & Vocals; Wally Hampton - Drums


 

Hampton Blues

Hampton Blues: Melannie Babboni - Vocals; Todd Houghton - Bass & Vocals, Gil Yslas - Guitar; Wally Hampton - Drums


 

The Rod Giles Band

The Rod Giles Band: Rod Giles - Guitar & Vocals; Tommy Pa - Bass; Wally Hampton - Drums

 

 

Dream Ranch

Dream Ranch: Melannie Babboni - Vocals; Todd Houghton - Bass; Michael Belkin - Guitar; Don Gale- Dobro, Banjo & Steel Guitar, Wally Hampton - Drums



Blakeslee

Blakeslee: Blake Teach - Guitar & Vocals; Kenny Smith - Bass; Wally Hampton - Drums




Smith & Hampton

Smith & Hampton Sessions: Dave Cantu - Guitar & Vocals; Kenny Smith - Bass; Wally Hampton - Drums