Joe Louis Walker – witness
Joe Louis Walker, also known as JLW (born December 25, 1949) is an American musician, best known as an electric blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer.
His knowledge of blues history is revealed by his use of older material and playing styles. NPR Music described him as “Powerful, soul-stirring, fierce and gritty…a legendary boundary-pushing icon of modern blues.
Blues Of The Month Club was released in 1995, and was the first of three Walker albums that were co-produced with Steve Cropper. This was followed up by the release of Great Guitars in 1997.
Walker’s guest musicians on this release, included Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Otis Rush, Scotty Moore, Robert Lockwood, Jr., Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Steve Cropper, Tower Of Power, and Ike Turner.
Also in 1996, Walker played guitar on James Cotton’s, Deep in the Blues, a Grammy Award winner for “Best Traditional Blues Album”. In addition, Walker won his third Blues Music Award for Band of the Year (1996) which was preceded by two similar awards for “Contemporary Male Artist of the Year” (1988 and 1991).
Walker also won the 1995 Bammy (Bay Area Music Award) for “Blues Musician of the Year”. He then released Preacher and the President in 1998 and Silvertone Blues in 1999 (his sixth album for Polygram).
This sequence continued with In The Morning (Telarc 2002), Pasa Tiempo (Evidence 2002), Guitar Brothers (JSP 2002), She’s My Money Maker (JSP 2003), Ridin’ High (Hightone 2003), New Direction (Provogue 2004) and Playin’ Dirty (JSP 2006).
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