Sounds from the ’70s in Eagle-Vail |

Sounds from the ’70s in Eagle-Vail

John Scheid
Daily Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyJ.C. and the Water Walkers provide an ambiance that will have Paddy's rocking Saturday.

EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado – From biker bars to fundraisers, J.C. and the Water Walkers are no strangers to the stage. Currently based out of Denver, the band is well integrated in the Front Range music scene and has recently been well-received both in Colorado mountain towns and other western states. Embodying a true blues-rock feel, J.C. and the Water Walkers provide an ambiance that will have Paddy’s rocking Saturday.

Originally founded by present frontman Rick Jones’ uncle in the early 1970s, the Water Walkers’ legacy has impressed crowds for more than three decades.

In 1973, Jones’ uncle, Steve Laws, formed the original J.C. and the Water Walkers with three friends from the Vietnam War. The group of musicians performed all over Portland, Ore. and truly embodied the spirit of rock and roll until 1986 when they decided to hang up their hats. After more than a decade of touring, partying and developing musically, Laws and crew decided to part ways, though this did not mark the end of J.C. and the Water Walkers. Laws’ nephew, Rick Jones, was heavily influenced by the Water Walkers and the rest of his musically-inclined family. At the age of 17, Jones inherited the band’s name and has been largely responsible for its development ever since. As a continuation of the original Water Walkers, Jones and friends carried on the rockers’ tradition into the 1990s by covering bands such as The Faces, Allman Brothers and The Rolling Stones.

According to Jones, “this band has always been about evolving.”

The band is made up of Dennis Hardin on drums and vocals, David Schoolcraft on lead guitar and vocals, and Derrick Harper on bass. Jones continues to offer classic sounds through keys, organ and lead vocals. He and Hardin caught a break in the Denver music scene back in 2009 when they were asked to fill a gig for Denver blues-rockers Sol Fed Joe at the Zephyr Lounge. The show was a success, and with the addition of Schoolcraft and Harper, the contemporary collection of Water Walkers is heading in an all new direction while maintaining its vintage sound from the ’70s.

Fans can expect some new original songs as the band will be heading into the studio at the end of this month.

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