In essence, bringing blues legend Joe Louis Walker and his trio into the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs was a historical event. But adding Murali Coryell as the second lead guitarist in the band made it monumental.
The fledgling Capital Region Blues Network helped get the word out, and the Parting Glass was comfortably packed with fans. There on the floor by the drummer was a two-page “set list” – really just a pick-n’-choose guide of more than 50 songs culled from the 21 albums that Walker has released over the course of the past 25 years.
From the first note, the 61-year-old Walker’s vocals and guitar pyrotechnics went into over-drive, as he hit the ball out of the park with relentlessly soulful blues runs and emotional depth.