April 9, 2011 JOE LOUIS WALKER / Amazing Stupifyers

JOE LOUIS WALKER
Multiple Grammy & WC Handy Award winning guitarist Joe Louis Walker has earned himself a host of dedicated fans who appreciate his guitar prowess and evocative voice, his electrifying stage presence, and the creativity of his recordings.  His discography includes 18 solo albums and countless compilations and guest appearances.  He has recorded with BB King, James Cotton, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Branford Marsalis, and Ike Turner.

Walker came from a musical family, citing T-Bone Walker, BB King, and Amos Milburn as early influences.  He first picked up the guitar at the age of 8 and was a regular on the Bay Area scene by the age of 16.  In his early career, Walker played with a variety of Blues greats, including John Lee Hooker, Otis Rush, Thelonius Monk, Willie Dixon, John Mayall, Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix.

By 1986, Walker had formed his own band, the Bosstalkers, and had released his debut album Cold Is The Night.  Other notable releases followed including Blues Survivor (1993) an early example of melding blues with gospel, jazz, soul, funk and rock influences; “Everybody’s Had the Blues” (1993) the Grammy winning duet with BB King; and Great Guitars (1997) which was one of the best selling blues albums of the decade.  His most recent recording is Blues Conspiracy: Live On The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (Stony Plain Records, 2010). In 2010, Joe Louis Walker won a Living Blues Award for “Most Outstanding Musician” and he is currently nominated for three Blues Music Awards in the categories of B.B King Entertainer of the Year, Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year, and Instrumentalist – Guitar. Check out his website (http://joelouiswalker.com/).
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AMAZING STUPIFYERS
The Amazing Stupifyers blues band is back for another hardcore set. Get down in the alley with harmonica/vocal big shot Kirk “Boiling Hambone” Huitt and Larry “MF” Curtis, guitar master of the sliding Stratocaster. Have yourself some bone shakin’ bass with the one and only Joe C. Jiles and the shuffle king, Franco “Blues drums only” Oliveira.

April 24, 2010 ARTHUR ADAMS / The Amazing Stupifyers

ARTHUR ADAMS

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Arthur Adams is an instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer who is equally adept at interpreting blues, jazz and soul.  Anyone who has listened to the radio in the past 30 years has heard Arthur Adams play guitar.  Adams played with Bonnie Raitt on Nick of Time (the record that won three Grammy Awards); he recorded five albums with the Crusaders including Street Life (which topped the Billboard jazz, R&B, and rock charts); and he has backed up B. B. King, Lowell Fulson, Al Jarreau, Nina Simone, Jerry Garcia, Lou Rawls, James Brown, and more.  In short, he’s been in great demand as a studio musician for several decades.

Adams recorded the first of his seven solo albums It’s Private Tonight in 1972. His most recent is Stomp the Floor (Delta Groove, 2009), a recording that combines the complex rhythms of jazz with blues leads reminiscent of his friend B. B. King, while showcasing his sweet and soulful tenor voice (comparable to Aaron Neville), with lyrics and melodies that are solidly blues.  Adams says of Stomp the Floor, “I’ve done it exactly the way I feel it. It’s all me; not all traditional blues, not all R & B, not all jazz, but a little of all of it.”  Adams has made a career out of making other people sound good, and when given the chance to craft his own CD, he creates wonderfully complex and soulful blues.  We invited Arthur to play for us because we have been listening to this CD non-stop since it was released in November, and he is just as good live. Visit the Delta Groove website for soundclips.

THE AMAZING STUPIFYERS.
The Amazing Stupifyers are a raunchy, hip shakin’, house rockin’ Central Coast electric blues band featuring frontman Kirk M. Huitt on harmonica and vocals, Larry Curtis on guitar, Joe Jiles on bass and Franco Oliveira on blues drums. Go to their
website and have a listen.

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