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/).
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.