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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

ARTICLE: BLUES DELUXE

Late Summer 2019

Read "Late Summer 2019" reviewed by Doug Collette

Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note. It spotlights titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. The Mike Duke Project ...took a while Little Village Foundation 2019 ...took a while ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Vanessa Collier: Meeting My Shadow

Read "Meeting My Shadow" reviewed by James Nadal

During the golden age of rhythm and blues, the saxophonist, who often doubled on vocals, was the leader of the band, and the star of the show. Fast forward, and we find Vanessa Collier who is all of the above, and also a genuine quadruple threat. With an honored degree from Berklee, and having spent several ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEW

Joe Louis Walker - Live in Istanbul

Read "Joe Louis Walker - Live in Istanbul" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Joe Louis Walker Live in Istanbul MVD Visual Valutazione: * * * 2015 Un Louis Walker energico e pimpante, più giovane di vent'anni (oggi ne ha 67), è il protagonista di questo DVD ripreso a Istanbul in uno dei periodi più felici della sua carriera. Tra i protagonisti ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Wil Blades: Field Notes

Read "Field Notes" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

It's good to know that no matter how many things change around us, there's still nothing that kicks out the jams like a good old school B-3 organ, guitar and drum trio. Wil Blades provides an excellent case study in groove. Throughout the past fifteen years, this B-3 bombardier has worked with blues and ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

What a Wonderful World (of Music)

Read "What a Wonderful World (of Music)" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Wil Blades Field Notes Royal Potato Family 2014 It's good to know that no matter how many things change around us, there's still nothing that kicks out the jams like a good old school B-3 organ, guitar and drum trio. Wil Blades provides an excellent case study ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

2012 Thelonious Monk International Drums Competition

Read "2012 Thelonious Monk International Drums Competition" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

It can never be said that the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz does anything halfway. Held annually at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, this year's competition and gala concert was ambitious and extravagant--equal parts a celebration of jazz drumming, a salute to women's past and present contributions to the art form, and a promotion for ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Rhythm & Ribs Jazz And Blues Festival Artists Announced

Rhythm & Ribs Jazz And Blues Festival Artists Announced

Festival organizers and producers have officially announced the complete line up of artists who will be performing at the 2012 Rhythm & Ribs Jazz and Blues Festival in Kansas City on Saturday, October 13. Festival Artists Following is the complete listing of festival performers by venue. Individual performance times will be posted over the coming days ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

2012 Rhythm & Ribs Jazz And Blues Festival Line Up Set For October 13

2012 Rhythm & Ribs Jazz And Blues Festival Line Up Set For October 13

Celebrating Kansas City’s rich tradition of Jazz and BBQ the 2012 Rhythm & Ribs Jazz & Blues Festival is scheduled to take place once again in the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District at the American Jazz Museum on Saturday, October 13. Headlining the 2012 festival are trumpet legend and Best Latin Jazz Album Grammy winner ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Joe Louis Walker Celebrates Alligator Debut with Philadelphia Performances

Joe Louis Walker Celebrates Alligator Debut with Philadelphia Performances

Award-winning guitar slinger, passionate vocalist and gifted songwriter Joe Louis Walker, currently celebrating the release of his Alligator Records debut, Hellfire, will perform at Warmdaddy's in Philadelphia on Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18, 2012. The Wall Street Journal celebrates Hellfire's “appealing immediacy" and says, “Walker's raspy, powerhouse voice is out front while his stinging ...


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