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Joe Louis Walker

Without a doubt one of the most exciting and innovative artists gracing contemporary blues, guitarist Joe Louis Walker has glowed like a shining blue beacon since the release of his 1986 debut album for HighTone, Cold Is the Night. The disc announced his arrival in stunning fashion, and his subsequent output has only served to further establish Walker as one of the leading younger bluesmen on the scene. Joe Louis Walker is the total package, as tremendously assured on a down-in-the-alley acoustic solo outing as he is performing a thoroughly modern R&B-laced number with his latest crew of Boss Talkers.

Walker traveled a circuitous route to the top of the blues game. He was born on December 25, 1949 in San Francisco. At age 14, he took up the guitar, playing blues (with an occasional foray into psychedelic rock) on the mushrooming San Francisco circuit. For a while, Walker roomed with Mike Bloomfield, who introduced him to Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead and taught him some very useful licks. Walker even made a brief pilgrimage to Chicago to check out the blues scene there.

But by 1975, he was burned out on blues and turned to God, singing for the next decade with a gospel group, the Spiritual Corinthians. When the Corinthians played the 1985 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Walker was inspired to embrace his blues roots again. He assembled a band, the Boss Talkers, and wrote some stunning originals that ended up on Cold Is the Night (co-produced by Bruce Bromberg and Dennis Walker).

More acclaimed albums for HighTone -- 1988's The Gift, Blue Soul the next year, and two riveting sets cut live at Slim's in 1990 -- preceded a switch to the major Verve imprint and three more discs that were considerably more polished than their grittier HighTone counterparts.The LP The Preacher and the President appeared in 1998, followed a year later by his Blue Thumb label debut, Silvertone Blues. At the dawn of the new millennium, Walker changed record labels, joining Telarc Blues, and releasing In the Morning in 2002. He didn't stay at Telarc long, moving to Blues Bureau International for 2004's New Direction, then to JSP Records for 2006's Playin' Dirty, before settling in at Stony Plain Records for 2008's Witness to the Blues, 2009's Between a Rock and the Blues, and 2010's Live on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. Walker seemed to find a more stable home at the venerable blues label Alligator Records; he made his label debut with 2012's Hellfire, and in 2014 returned with the fiery Hornet's Nest. But 2015 found Walker recording for Provogue Music, which released Everybody Wants a Piece in the fall of that year. ~ Bill Dahl & Al Campbell
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Hornet's Nest

1. Hornet's Nest

2. All I Want To Do

3. As The Sun Goes Down

4. Stick A Fork In Me

5. Don't Let Go

6. Love Enough

7. Ramblin' Soul

8. Ride On Baby

9. Soul City

10. Walk Outside

11. Not In Kansas Anymore

12. Keep The Faith

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Track List: Hellfire

1. Hellfire

2. I Won't Do That

3. Ride All Night

4. I'm On To You

5. What's It Worth

6. Soldier For Jesus

7. I Know Why

8. Too Drunk To Drive Drunk

9. Black Girls

10. Don't Cry

11. Movin' On

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Track List: Between A Rock And The Blues

1. I'm Tide

2. Eyes Like A Cat

3. Black Widow

4. If There's A Heaven

5. Way Too Expensive

6. I've Been Down

7. Prisoner Of Misery

8. Hallways

9. Tell Me Why

10. Blackjack

11. Big Fine Woman

12. Send You Back

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Track List: Witness To The Blues

1. It's A Shame

2. Midnight Train

4. Hustlin'

5. Witness

6. Rollin' & Tumblin'

7. Highview

8. I Got What You Need

10. 100% More Man

11. Sugar Mama

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Track List: Playin' Dirty

1. Nobody Wanta To Know Ya

2. Barefoot Rock

3. I Got Loaded

4. Poor Man Plead

5. Woman Was Made To Be Loved

6. Pickin' The Blues

7. Ain't It Nice To Be Loved

8. Juicy Fruit

9. Ready And Able

10. From The Projects To Paris

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Track List: Silvertone Blues

1. 1. Runnin' from the Devil

2. 2. Kenny's Barrelhouse

3. 3. Change My Ways

4. 4. Do the Walkin'

5. 5. Trouble on Wheels

6. 6. Letting Go

7. 7. Talk to Me

8. 8. Silverstone Blues

9. 9. Born in Mississippi

10. 10. Crying Won't Help You

11. 11. It's You Baby

12. 12. Bad Luck Blues

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Track List: Preacher and the President

1. Preacher And The President

2. Yvelene

3. Repay My Love

4. I'm Not Messin' Around

5. Y & T

6. Lyin' In The Name Of Love

7. Pride Of A Fool

8. Uhh!

9. Tell The Truth

10. My Real Fantasy

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Track List: Great Guitars

1. Love Down Dirty Blues

2. First Degree

3. Mile-Hi Club

4. Fix Our Love

5. Every Girl I See

6. Cold And Evil Night

7. Hop On It

8. Night Time

9. Sugar

10. In God's Hands

11. High Blood Pressure

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Track List: Blues Of The Month Club

1. Blues Of The Month Club

2. You've Got To Loose

3. Lost Heart

4. Bluesifyin'

5. Hidden Fellings

6. Play'em Where They Lay

7. Get It Right

8. I'm Not Comin' Over

9. Second Street

10. Your Lyin' Eyes

11. Street People

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Track List: JLW

1. I Can't Get You Off My Mind

2. I Need Your Lovin' Every Day

3. Rain On My Mind

4. Inner City Man

5. On That Powerline

6. Hold On

7. 12-Step Lovin'

8. Alone

9. Got To Find My Baby

10. Lost The Will To Love Me

11. Going To Canada

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Track List: Blues Survivor

1. Help Yourself

2. Shake For Me

3. My Dignity

4. Young Girl's Eyes

5. Part Of Me

6. Bad Thing

7. You Just Don't Know

8. Put It Down, Baby

9. Blues Survivor

10. Rainy Nights

11. Workin' Blues

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Track List: Everybody Wants A Piece

1. Everybody Wants A Piece

2. Do I Love Her

3. Buzz On You

4. Black & Blue

5. Witchcraft

6. One Sunny Day

7. Gospel Blues

8. Wade In The Water

9. Man Of Many Words

10. Young Girls Blues

11. 35 Years Old

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Incredible
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baseballblue s must be a cardinals fan lol
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Blues Survivor got me through a rough patch. Saw live in Pdx about 1998. JLW carries the torch!
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you have started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
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Is a great great artist on guitar & vocals. To shay. !!!!! !!!!!
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r.jon58.rj
Saw him in New York in 2014. Awesome live show!
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This cat can play........ . . . . . . . . . . . H a d to be a Californian
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Maureen of Houston Texas my kind music love it all.
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I lost a lifetimes record collection in a fire at my lady's home while I was a guest of the state! No one hurt in the fire but I was brokenhearte d ! Thank you Pandora for taking some of that pain away!
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Luv it
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heck yeh
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heh
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wow
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yow
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Dozzio
Great licks on the strings and keys
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pretty good
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schoberg1
you have my screamin heart.
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Really feelin this cat.
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Still feel bad about hurting the rear of his van in Novato . He gave me a tape of his. Been listening ever. The Man is a Real Class act. Oh, then there's his music, Real true deal.
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Nightzzz is falling, I gotzzz the boozezzz bluzzz
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Where yat ? I voted you into N.O. La killer blues man
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mrschaffins
i heard him and always thumbed down but now its a shame got me really took a while but now i know..... he is really good
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Bammm!!!
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ra5710
Blues of the Month club got me though my divorce in the 90's. October is over!
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Was just introduced to JLW at the first Big Island Jazz and Blues Festival this past Friday (06/01/12) and, wow, did he ever put on a good show along with many other great artists. Having the Pacific Ocean in the background along with the evening stars made for a memorable evening.
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audilaw
JLW has many sounds and knows blues, rock, funk, you name it.......he puts on an unbelievable live show, so catch him in your area.... I know I sound like an advertisemen t but its true!!!! He's been playin the blues for a good long while....so he's got alot of good tunes to draw from. You won't be disappointed in any of his albums, theres a few slow songs and redo's but he's got it going on....
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A women is made to be loved. Mr. Walker said so, over and over and over again. If he couldn't come up with any lyrics he should have just made it an instrumental .
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see bob porters show portraits in blue on wbgo 88.3 fm newark nj bob has this great show. youll learn from the master and bob is. go to wbgo.org his shows are probably archived
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This guys got one of the best voices in blues today.
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FIRST TIME HEARIN HIM GOOD STUFF KINDA LIKE ROBERT CRAY
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Hmmmmm, here I was listening to Otis Taylor and JLW pops up. A bit more funky good stuff; kind of like old cheese.
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Cross them roads Joe.
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I feel in love with Joe's music in 1988 with The Gift, the music is soulful, heartfelt and he just rocks them blues
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my favorite slow melodic blues tune...
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not familiar with him;however, i will be buying his music asap
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Rockmo Louis~ since I first heard A Quite a few years Back I've never ceased to be Impressed,Wi t h the people he's appeared with, the Band he appears with and continues to come out with a distinct style that only the master's can acheive, everytime he comes to town as well as on his CD's<(:-{>
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love your blues joe. keep it up.
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Wow never heard him before thanks Pandora !
Love da Blues!!!!
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hcizenith
His live performances are outstanding. See him if you get a chance.
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God bless you Mr. Walker
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love it good stuff
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kjbrookshire
TOP NOTCH!!!
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Never heard of him 'til now, but he is fantastic!!!
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never heard of him but he's good.
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hcizenith
JLW is brilliant live! If you ever get a chance to see him, especially at Biscuits and Blues in San Francisco, don't miss it.
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he is good and that is thumbs up on the blue scale!!!
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Same here....firs t time I've heard him. Good stuff!!
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first time I have heard him play. I like it so far.

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