Arts, Entertainment, Living
We're going to keep rolling along with our string of excellent new blues releases this week with a CD from a blues great whose name doesn't always come up when blues greats are talked about -- Joe Louis Walker.
The album is "Blues Conspiracy: Live on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise" (Stony Plain Records). Because the R&B cruises are packed with talent, the CD is filled with prime guests -- Johnny Winter, Nick Moss, Mitch Woods, Deanna Bogart, Tommy Castro, Jason Ricci, Watermelon Slim, just name about half of them.
Well.. those two paragraphs above are what you get when you start a post, then go out to see a blues show (Lil' Ed) and stay out so late you forget to finish what you started. I'd say it was a temporary inconvenience for a permanent improvement, but that would most likely be untrue.
So as I was saying, Walker's great blues style, all these guests, and the excitement of the live cruise show make for a very good album, filled with some classic blues by these great players.
The focus, of course, is Walker, who's been around long enough to have first-rate blues props, but doesn't seem to get the broader recognition he deserves. He can play torchy slow blues, or rock along in crackling good fashion. His vocals, in the higher registers, are tough and expressive.
This is an excellent CD -- it captures the fun of a live show with lots of stars, and provides plenty of good blues.
Here's a video of Mr. Walkeer at work: