Local band signs record deal

Published 7:07 pm Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Global Maximus Records announced the signing of Robert E. Walden and Adam Grant’s band, “Badhorse” to a record contract.

Prior to the signing, Badhorse held the No. 1 spot on Digital Rodeo for national downloads among unsigned artists in country music.

Larry Blackmon, a legendary recording artist and award-winning producer, is producing the Badhorse upcoming self-titled album.

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Robert “Bobby” E. Walden II, a Bainbridge native, resides in Newnan, Ga., with his wife, Melissa.

He played football and baseball for Bainbridge High School and was quarterback in 1982 when BHS went on to win the state championship. He then went to Auburn University on scholarship to play both sports there as well. At Auburn, Walden suffered a football injury that ended his sports career, which led him to pursue his second love, which is music.

Blackmon is the lead singer and co-founder of the Grammy-winning group Cameo. Their first CD was released June 1 by Global Maximus Records.

Stephen A. Russo has worked closely with “Badhorse” on this project.

Russo’s firm provides management and consultant services for radio stations, record labels and recording artists. He has lead marketing campaigns that have featured the likes of Madonna, Michael Jackson and U2.

Badhorse has also worked closely with the production management groups for Dolly Parton, The Zac Brown Band, Columbia Records and Universal Records.

The single “Mississippi Rain” has been released and is now being played on radio stations worldwide. In the near future, “Badhorse” will be touring internationally to New Zealand, Germany, Japan and Australia.

Walden is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Walden Sr. of Bainbridge. Bobby Walden Sr. played for the Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl Champs.

Badhorse is performing Saturday June 26, at 8 pm at Phenix City Amphitheater in Phenix City, Ala. Tickets are $10 and children 12 and under are free.