Joe Louis Walker

Joe Louis Walker is an American singer-songwriter whose innovative blues style on the electric guitar has won him the regard of critics and fans over a career that began in the 1960s but took off in the mid-1980s. He has worked with all the blues greats and released a series of highly praised albums, and in 2013 he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. His 2002 recording 'Shotgun' is in the Grammy Awards Hall of Fame and he played on two albums that won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues: B.B. King's 'Blues Summit' (1994) and James Cotton's 'Deep in the Blues' (1997). Born in San Francisco to a family of musicians, he began to play the guitar as a child and performed locally in his teens. He studied music at San Francisco State University and played in blues clubs until in 1975 he turned to gospel singing with The Spiritual Corinthians. Ten years later, they performed at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Walker's interest in the blues was renewed. He made his recording debut with a blues album titled 'Cold Is the Night' in 1986 and began to tour nationally and internationally. Signed to the High Tone record label, he put out more albums - 'The Gift' (1988), 'Blue Soul' (1989), 'Live at Slims Vol. 1' (1991), and 'Live at Slims Vol. 2' (1992). Moving to the Polydor label, he released 'Blues Survivor' (1993) and 'JLW' (1994). His blend of blues, gospel and funk on the electric guitar pleased audiences around the world and he performed at worldwide festivals and made many television appearances in America and the UK. Many more albums followed including several in which he collaborated with other artists, such as 'Great Guitars' (1997), which featured Buddy Guy, Scotty Moore and Bonnie Raitt. He won several Blues Music Awards and his 2015 recording, 'Everybody Wants a Piece', was nominated for a Grammy Award as Best Contemporary Blues Album.

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