August 24, 1995 |
If you're famished for some first-rate blues, then tonight's your night because award-winning blues guitarist Joe Louis Walker will be at Nicholby's in Ventura as part of a thinly veiled attempt to drum up support for "Blues of the Month Club," his new release due out shortly. The 45-year-old Walker has been playing since he was 12, and as one might suppose, he has that blues thing figured out.
August 13, 1994 |
When you get up past age 30 in rock 'n' roll, you're just about ready for discounted movie tickets and bus passes. Rock always has been a young person's game; a few gray hairs or extra inches around the waist can spell imminent irrelevance in the grand scheme. Oddly enough, the reverse holds true in the blues.
August 23, 1995 |
They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but don't tell that to Joe Louis Walker. Since signing with Verve Records in 1991, Walker, who plays tonight at the Coach House, has grown beyond the standard three-chord blues that characterized his early work and produced three albums in which he has hit his creative stride. His latest effort, "Blues of the Month Club," will hit stores next month.
July 25, 2002
* Solomon Burke, "Don't Give Up on Me," Fat Possum. Burke, one of the all-time great soul singers, had been off the pop radar screen for a few decades until last year, when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This collection of songs written for Burke also includes contributions by such respected writers as Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Tom Waits and Elvis Costello.
May 24, 1997 |
The Bay Area guitarist is joined by six-string guests ranging from Bonnie Raitt and Buddy Guy to Taj Mahal and rockabilly legend Scotty Moore. But it's Walker's high-pitched vocals and his versatile songwriting that dominate "Great Guitars." Walker, who appears Friday at the Ash Grove, isn't flashy, but he's matured into a top-flight bluesman. Albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).
July 23, 2006 |
Mammoth Mountain Aug. 4-5: Mammoth's Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza enters its 11th year with more than 50 American microbreweries and a concert schedule headlined by the Robben Ford Band and Joe Louis Walker & the Bosstalkers. On Aug. 4, Bluesapalooza begins with the Shane Dwight Blues Band playing the free Kick Off the Blues show at the Plaza Stage in the Village at Mammoth. That night, Joe Louis Walker and Alvin Youngblood Hart tear up the Blues BBQ at Sam's Wood Site. Aug.