Walters found it easy to transfer his storytelling prowess into songwriting.
"I don't think there's anybody in the world that doesn't love music," he said. "But with my Native American heritage; we're story tellers. I can tell stories through the songs and I think that's what hooked me, is being able to tell a story through a song. Songs come to me, I can do a song a day."
Since his career change, Walters has produced six albums on his own but is now focused on a project co-producing and playing with his friend Raven Cain.
"He knows how to take action," said Cain. "Where most people will have a dream where the dream becomes a wish, he takes a dream and takes consistent action. When you take consistent action, you make progress. That's what makes him so special. When he sees a dream or a goal, he figures out how to make that happen and he doesn't stop until it happens. That's what we call the way of the hawk, he stays focused on whatever it is he wants to achieve."
Cain and Walters share the same home town in Virginia but the two hadn't met until about five years ago.
"He's kind of a local celebrity back home," Cain said. "He actually taught one of my (martial arts) teachers. I saw him at some fighting events were I was competing and I was too scared to go up to him and talk to him because he was like superstar."
Then, during a stay in a hotel room in New Jersey, Cain had a vision. After the covers on his bed were mysteriously moved and the lights in the room switched on repeatedly, a Native American dressed in full regalia appeared at the foot of his bed.
"It got me thinking about my ancestry and what this dream was trying to tell me," Cain said. "I kept thinking about this Native American guy and I'd keep having hawks landing around me and there's not a lot of hawks in Virginia.
"One day, I stopped at a light and a hawk landed on the hood of my car. So I messaged Blackhawk."
After eventually describing the vision he'd had to Walters, Cain learned that Blackhawk's brother, Redhawk had recently passed away — and that Walters had had a premonition of his own.
Cain said he described the guy to Blackhawk. Walters' response? He had known Redhawk would send him someone when the time was right.
Walters convinced Cain to relocate to Southern Utah and to take up a musical career. Cain said he had been a part of a fairly successful band but had stopped playing music to focus on martial arts.
But after playing a few local shows and getting positive feedback from audiences, Cain decided to rededicate himself to his music.
"He has a four-octave voice, the guy can sing like nobody's ever heard," said Walters. "His outlaw country stuff is gonna blow people away. He's a great guy, you've never met anybody more down to earth."
Walters and Cain are working on finishing up Cain's new album and plan to tour in the fall.
In the meantime, Walters continues to work on numerous other projects including three separate film projects and his new book, but music remains a big part of his life.
He is still playing his own music live — he has a gig at George's Corner on Wednesday night — but he tries to limit his performances to, at the most, about one a month.
"For almost 50 years, the first thing I'd do was get up and do my kickboxing workout," said Walters. "Now, I still do my kickboxing, but after breakfast, I play my guitar.”
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