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Soul music 'hanging' out in Raleigh with the Tigers

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In downtown Raleigh, on the first day of spring, she found Phil Walters. In downtown Raleigh, on the first day of spring, she found Phil Walters.
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(WMC-TV) – Most of the fans are expected to arrive Friday, so Thursday Action News 5's Lauren Squires explored downtown Raleigh and found an unlikely Mid-South connection.

"Raleigh is awesome, Raleigh is growing. The culture is diverse and I just love it."

In downtown Raleigh, on the first day of spring, she found Phil Walters.

He said, "I like the size of this city, it's not too big and it's not too small."

Locals find Walters two to three times a week, on sunny days, playing his piano in front of the courthouse hoping people see all that this town has to offer.

"I try to do songs that life people and inspire them in a positive way, lift their spirits," Walters said.

This week he is getting more attention with so many fans in from out of town. However, he can't see any of them because he's blind.

"We've got Memphis hanging out in Raleigh ya'll," he said.

Walters knows Memphis, the blues, the BBQ and...

"It's one of Raleigh's best kept secrets. Don't tell anybody."

…The man he calls dad, Sam Cooke. Yes, the Sam Cooke commonly known as "King of Soul."

He died when Walters was just two years old, but his legacy of music is adding a little Memphis soul to downtown Raleigh.

"I keep my little tip jar out here and if anybody feels inspired they can bless the jar," Walters said. "If not, I'm gonna sing anyway.

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