Title - 'Blues Comin' On'
Artist - Joe Louis Walker
For those not in the know, Joe Louis Walker, a Blues Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Blues Music Award winner, and who has just celebrated a career that exceeds a half a century, come June 5th, 2020 will release a brand new album Blues Comin' On (via Cleopatra Blues Records).
With his legacy as a prolific torchbearer for the blues already cemented in musical folklore, looking back on his rich history, Walker shares, “I’d like to be known for the credibility of a lifetime of being true to my music and the blues."
"Sometimes I feel I’ve learned more from my failures, than from my success. But that’s made me stronger and more adventurous. And helped me create my own style."
"I’d like to think that when someone puts on one of my records they would know from the first notes, ‘That’s Joe Louis Walker.'”
1. 'Feed the Poor' (feat. Jorma Kaukonen)
2. 'Blues Comin' on' (feat. Eric Gales)
3. 'Someday, Someway' (feat. Carla Cooke & Lee Oskar)
4. 'The Thang' (feat. Jesse Johnson)
5. 'Old Time Used to Be' (feat. Keb' Mo')
6. 'Come Back Home' (feat. Mitch Ryder)
7. 'Bowlegged Woman, Knock-Kneed Man' (feat. Waddy Wachtel)
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)
12. '7 & 7 Is' (feat. Arlen Roth & Charlie Harper)
Soulful blues phenom Joe Louis Walker is joined by a host of talented friends and peers on this superb studio album.
Featuring guest performances by fellow blues icons Keb' Mo', Eric Gales, and Albert Lee plus Detroit soul singer Mitch Ryder, harmonica virtuoso Lee Oskar, Hot Tuna's Jorma Kaukonen, punk rock vocalist Charlie Harper, legendary session player Waddy Wachtel, and many others, Blues Comin' On virtually explodes with the passionate playing and soulful melodies that have made Walker a favorite among true blues aficionados all around the world.
Opening with the mid-tempo, Hammond-inspired 'Feed the Poor' (feat. Hot Tuna's Jorma Kaukonen), the album continues onward in fine style with the hot to trot title track 'Blues Comin' on' (feat. blues-rock guitarist Eric Gales), the laid black, smooth groove of 'Someday, Someway' (feat. daughter of the legendary Sam Cooke, Carla & Cooke and Danish harmonica player Lee Oskar), and then both the poppin' blues of 'The Thang' (feat. blues-rock guitarist Jesse Johnson), and the harmonica-driven, pre-release single 'Old Time Used to Be' (feat. both Keb' Mo' and John Sebastian of The Lovin' Spoonful).
Next up is the smooth blues soul of 'Come Back Home,' featuring Detroit's very own local hero Mitch Ryder, and that's followed by more harmonica on the funky 'Bowlegged Woman, Knock-Kneed Man' (feat. legendary session player Waddy Wachtel), and then a quite resoundingly soulful 'Awake Me Shake' Me (once again, featuring Carla Cooke).
The album then rounds out with the foot-tappin', old school vibe of 'Lonely Weekends' (feat. multi-instrumentalist David Bromberg), the guitar-led 'Seven More Steps' (feat. English guitarist Albert Lee, and his unique fingerstyle and hybrid picking technique), and comes to a close on the pop funk of 'Uptown to Harlem' (feat. Jellybean Johnson, best known as the drummer for The Time), before the temperature is turned up for the Iggy Pop-esque vibe of '7 & 7 Is' (feat. both guitarist Arlen Roth and punk rock vocalist Charlie Harper).
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