Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 8:29 a.m.
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The definition of a troubadour, Nebraska-born musician Orion Walsh makes it a point to visit California at least once a year. With roots in both Sacramento and Orange County, Walsh’s iconic pulled-back folk draws an array of listeners young and old. And this Thursday he’ll be doing just that – performing in the fourth installment of the OC Parks Summer Concert Series at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley.
Though Midwestern at heart, Walsh has a special place for Orange County in the fabric of his musicianship. At 17, he traveled to California for school and while attending Orange Coast College started the indie/emo group Slow Coming Day with some friends.
“Orange County is definitely a part of my history,” said Walsh. “When I think of OC back then, the main staple is Chain Reaction in Anaheim.”
With their very first show at the Cove in Costa Mesa, the quintessential early-2000s SoCal band played countless OC venues, and from 2002 to 2007 Walsh laid his California roots. Signed with Tooth and Nail Records, Walsh continued to play with Slow Coming Day as an Orange County band and in 2003 did his first U.S. tour. After the recession hit in 2008, Walsh decided to pick up and move back home to Nebraska – but his love of the road didn’t fade away. Walsh did however, make a dramatic change in genre.
For a while, even while playing more indie rock and emo music, Walsh had been soaking in music from singer-songwriter folk greats including Johnny Cash, Woody Guthrie, Willie Nelson and Neil Young.
“Folk style just feels more…
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