Joe Louis Walker

a legendary icon of modern blues

 Interview by Michael Oshust ~ June 22, 2020

Photo Source: Lappen Entertainment

Soulful blues phenom, and Blues Hall Of Fame inductee, Joe Louis Walker has been a staple in contemporary blues since his debut album Cold Is The Night in 1986.

Born in San Francisco, He came from a musical family, amidst the early influences of Amos Milburn, T-Bone Walker, B.B. King, Meade Lux Lewis, and Pete Johnson. Walker first picked up the guitar at the age of eight and became a known quantity within the Bay Area music scene by the age of 16.

The Chicago Sun-Times said: "Walker's voice demands attention: scorching, imploring, always commanding, it leads this dynamic album along with his heavy guitar fills that lay the groundwork for the horn-peppered soul, Memphis soul, gospel harmony, and a vortex of power chords and funk. He is living proof of the boundless potential of blues."

In 2013, when The Blues Foundation inducted award-winning blues master Joe Louis Walker into The Blues Hall Of Fame, the recognition was humbling. “I am honored to be in the company of the great artists already inducted,” Walker said at the time. “I hope to live up to the honor.” Joining the ranks of previous inductees including B.B. King, Hound Dog Taylor, Koko Taylor, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Etta James, Howlin’ Wolf and other blues greats while still at the peak of his musical powers, is, as Walker says, “a dream come true.”.


Joe Louis Walker won the 2016 Blues Foundation Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year award at the Blues Foundation Awards ceremony in Memphis.  The Blues Music Awards are universally recognized as the highest accolade afforded blues music performers. The annual Blues Music Awards ceremony is the premier event for blues professionals, musicians, and fans from all over the world

Photo Source: Lappen Entertainment

Photo Source: Lappen Entertainment

Photo Source: Lappen Entertainment

Joe Louis Walker has a new studio album on Cleopatra Records with a "who's who" of special guests including Jorma Kaukonen (from Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna), fellow blues icons Keb’ Mo’, Eric Gales, and Albert Lee, Detroit soul singer Mitch Ryder, harmonica virtuoso Lee Oskar, Carla Cooke (Sam Cooke’s daughter), Waddy Wachtel (Linda Ronstadt, Keith Richards, Jackson Browne, many more), Carla Cooke, Jellybean Johnson (from The Time) and others!  Features guest performances by Hot Tuna’s Jorma Kaukonen, punk rock vocalist Charlie Harper, legendary session player Waddy Wachtel, and so many more!

Every track on this record is superb! The opening track captivates the listener and the harmonies on Someday, Someway (Carla Cooke and Lee Oskar) are flawless.

Joe Louis Walker states "The rhythm is the key to a good song. While recording the first three passes are usually the best ... Before I listen to a guitar solo, I listen to the harmony of the song." 

Track List:
1. Feed the Poor feat. Jorma Kaukonen from Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna
2. Blues Comin’ On feat. Eric Gales & Dion
3. Someday, Someway feat. Carla Cooke (Sam Cooke’s daughter) & Lee Oskar from War
4. The Thang feat. Jesse Johnson from The Time
5. Old Time Used to Be feat. Keb’ Mo’ and John Sebastian from the Lovin’ Spoonful
6. Come Back Home feat. Mitch Ryder
7. Bowlegged Woman, Knock-Kneed Man feat. Waddy Wachtel (Linda Ronstadt, Keith Richards, Jackson Browne, many more)
8. Awake Me Shake Me feat. Carla Cooke
9. Lonely Weekends feat. David Bromberg
10. Seven More Steps feat. Albert Lee
11. Uptown to Harlem feat. Jellybean Johnson from The Time
12. 7 & 7 Is feat. Arlen Roth & Charlie Harper from UK Subs





       out of five


This soulful blues album is available now from Cleopatra Blues, a subsidiary of Cleopatra Records, Inc. and all other music retailers such as iTunes.

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