Joe Louis Walker
|Tags:||blues blues rock guitar contemporary blues soul-blues|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||discogs wikidata wikipedia|
25 December 1949, San Francisco, California, USA. Although born in the city and raised during the era of flower power, Walker had a strong and realized sense of the blues tradition. Nevertheless, he abandoned blues in the mid-70s to sing with gospel group the Spiritual Corinthians, but returned to his first love in 1985 when he assembled a new band, the Boss Talkers, and began playing the blues again.
A guitarist of considerable accomplishment, Walkers albums are superior examples of modern blues, generally comprising songs that are fluent and witty and sacrifice none of their bluesiness in their awareness of contemporary trends. Formal musical training allows him to write and arrange his own material, including the horn charts. He usually produces lyrics alone or in various combinations made up from the impressive team of Amy and (Dennis) Walker and Henry Oden. On one of his finest songs, Ill Get To...