Joe Louis Walker a Blues Hall of Fame inductee and six-time Blues Music Award winner, celebrates a career that exceeds a half a century. One of most celebrated and respected bluesmen working today, Joe Louis Walker, returns with some of the most electrifying recordings he’s done in his over 5 decade long career! This extraordinarily diverse set includes both incredible new compositions including the blues stomping opener “Uptown Girl Blues” and horn-powered “Bad Betty” as well as killer cover versions of The Eagles’ “Hotel California” and Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London!” Includes special guest performances by Waddy Wachtel, Doyle Bramhall II and the incomparable B.B. King Blues Band! Walker is a road dog like no other and he has a string of shows lined up to support this album and excite his enormously supportive fanbase!
For many years now Joe has been raining fire with his guitar and spitting brimstone with his vocals. His playing “blows all over the map…gutbucket blues, joyous gospel, Rolling Stones style rock crunch, and aching R&B. Walker’s guitar playing is fine and fierce.” – Billboard
A true powerhouse guitar virtuoso, unique singer and prolific songwriter, he has toured extensively throughout his career, performed at the world’s most renowned music festivals and earned a legion of dedicated fans. He has opened for Muddy Waters and Thelonious Monk, hung out with Jimi Hendrix, Freddie King, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and was a close friend and roommate to Mike Bloomfield.
Walker’s 1986 debut album “Cold Is the Night “on HighTone announced his arrival in stunning fashion, and his subsequent output has only served to further establish Walker as one of the leading bluesmen on the scene. The New York Times raves, “Walker is a singer with a Cadillac of a voice.. His guitar solos are fast, wiry and incisive, moaning with bluesy despair.” Rolling Stone simply calls him “ferocious.” Walker finally takes his rightful place among the pantheon of legendary electric blues singer/guitarist/songwriters like B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Luther Allison. Blues Revue calls Walker “one of contemporary blues’ most dynamic and innovative. musicians, releasing consistently exciting music… soulful, heartfelt and spellbinding.” Living Blues says, “His fretwork is indelibly stamped with his own trademark blend of emotional heat and impeccable precision. Even at his most flamboyant, Walker sounds as if he’s playing ideas, not just notes.”