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Joe Louis Walker

Merging the electric, urban sounds of West Coast and Chicago blues with the down-home acoustic traditions of the Delta, guitarist Joe Louis Walker never strayed far from what he calls "the real blues." In a career that spans more than 35 years, he’s balanced tradition with innovation and made a significant mark on the evolution of the genre. Born on Christmas Day in 1949 to parents whose migrant work took them from Arkansas to San Francisco, Walker first discovered the blues via their collection of 78 recordings"a treasure trove of artists like Amos Milburn, B.B. King and Howlin’ Wolf. He picked up the guitar at age 14, and left home two years later to pursue his creative muse in San Francisco’s fabled Haight-Ashbury district

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Joe Louis Walker: Preacher and the President

Read "Preacher and the President" reviewed by Ed Kopp

Joe Louis Walker is one of the most soulful cats in music, blues or otherwise. A great guitarist, Walker also sings with tremendous passion on this release, the San Francisco native's finest collection of songs. It combines blues with soul, funk, and a hint of jazz, and it features jaunty horns and the justifiably famous Muscle ...

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Joe Louis Walker: Silvertone Blues

Read "Silvertone Blues" reviewed by Ed Kopp

Tradition-minded newcomers like Alvin Youngblood Hart, Keb’ Mo’ and Corey Harris have spurred an acoustic-blues renaissance over the past few years. Now one of the most respected electric bluesmen on the scene, Joe Louis Walker, has opted to pull the plug on his guit.Named for the 1930s acoustic guitar Walker plays on over half ...

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Joe Louis Walker: In The Morning

Read "In The Morning" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Memphis barbecue... The blues ain't the meat and potatoes they used to be. Conforming to the old 12-bar or 9-bar recipe as definition has not happened in 20 years. The brand of blues that San Franciscan Joe Louis Walker serves up on In the Morning is fine Memphis barbecue, a tangy mix of everything from Stax/Volt, ...

In The Morning

Label: Telarc Records
Released: 2002
Track listing: You're Just About To Lose Your Clown; In The Morning; Joe's Jump; Leave That Girl Alone; Where Jesus Leads; Strange Lovin'; Do You Wanna Be With Me; If This Is Love; 2120 South Michigan; Strangers In Our House. (Total Time: 52:49).

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Stony Plain Records Signs Joe Louis Walker

Stony Plain Records Signs Joe Louis Walker

Stony Plain Records has announced the signing of multi-award winning singer/guitarist Joe Louis Walker and the release of his label debut, Witness to the Blues, on 9/30. Produced by fellow Stony Plain artist and award-winner Duke Robillard, Witness to the Blues features a scintillating duet by Walker and Shemekia Copeland in a reprise of the Peggy ...

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Joe Louis Walker's Incendiary Between a Rock and the Blues

Joe Louis Walker's Incendiary Between a Rock and the Blues

“I want to be like Louis Armstrong and B.B. King. Play everywhere, all the time, as often as I possibly can. Travel anywhere there’s an audience for my music, take every opportunity, and keep playing and singing as well as I know I can.” It’s Joe Louis Walker talking, a man who goes through passports way ...

Joe Louis Walker, Jimmie Vaughan, The Holmes Brothers & Leo Kottke

Read "Joe Louis Walker, Jimmie Vaughan, The Holmes Brothers & Leo Kottke" reviewed by Martin Longley

Joe Louis Walker/Watermelon Slim/Janiva MagnessB.B. King Blues ClubMay 18, 2010 B.B. King's Blues Club might not exactly devote itself exclusively to the 12-bar business of its name, but it's certainly the joint to head for when the big-name players hit town. The club also specializes in double or triple-bill ...


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