Vote now for Best of Detroit 2021

Wednesday, October 14, 1998

Cross-Country Connections

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 1998 at 12:00 AM

Walter Salas-Humara is a laconic singer-songwriter with roots and relationships in every major city between New York and Los Angeles, while holding out an extra-special consideration for the fine folks of Austin, Texas. A founding member of the Vulgar Boatmen and the Setters (with Alejandro Escovedo) as well as the Silos, Salas-Humara has been making good records since the mid-'80s.

On Heater, he surrounds himself with an able-bodied troupe of veteran music makers and comes up with a first-class collection of distinctive, mid-tempo rock tunes. As a singer, his voice is a pleasant, engaging instrument that provides an understated allure to the album's proceedings. As a songwriter, Salas-Humara is a quirky, understated artist who knows how to craft a compelling story replete with hooks, chorus and a decent melody.

While not exactly a stereotypical Americana artist, Walter does manage to evoke images of the heartland and is not afraid to back things up with ringing electric guitars and violins as well as his folksy, insightful observations.

On "Northern Lights" and "Front Porch," he mixes thoughtful metaphors with straightforward storytelling to create a realistic world of emotional encounters and plaintive introspection. On "Stoplight," Walter and the band kick things up a notch for a rocking ride through Anytown, USA.

There's a dry, wry element to Heater and the album rarely overwhelms you with its charming attributes. Instead, Salas-Humara draws the listener into his singular world view with a soft-spoken lyricism and the simple pleasures of song.


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

More by Mitch Myers

Most Popular

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 20, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation