Joe Louis Walker is a blues guitarist’s blues guitarist.
He was born on Christmas Day of 1949 in San Francisco, where he grew up, embracing the guitar at age 14, and digging into the blues as well as the psychedelic rock scene that surrounded him there. He was roommates with the great Michael Bloomfield, and he learned even more lessons in fretboard mastery first-hand from Jimi Hendrix, as well as the Grateful Dead. And over the years, Walker has worked with some of the finest, most versatile musicians ever to strap on a guitar – everyone from Scotty Moore to Steve Cropper.
He’s played rock, and he’s played gospel. But he found his home in the blues, recording his debut album, “Cold Is the Night,” in 1986 for HighTone Records. Over the years, he’s recorded for Verve, PolyGram, JSP, Evidence, Stony Plain, Telarc and several other records labels.
But the veteran bluesman is still at the top of his game these days, having recently released the howlin’ album “Between a Rock and the Blues,” as well as earning accolades as Most Outstanding Guitarist in the 2010 Living Blues Critics’ Poll. And rest assured that his surprise appearance at Buddy Guy’s sold-out show at The Egg just two months ago only hinted at his power and versatility.
So you can bet that something very special is going to happen when Joe Louis Walker and his band, the Boss Talkers, crank it up in concert at the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Thursday night. Upping the ante even further, blues guitarslinger Murali Coryell will be on board joining them and matching Walker, blues lick for fiery blues lick.
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