Joe Louis Walker - Witness to the Blues
Written by Edward F. Nesta   

Joe Louis Walker - Witness to the BluesJoe Louis Walker is a troubadour of blues and on Witness to the Blues he surrounds himself with a Who's Who of musicians and covers a variety of the blues.  


Jou Louis Walker - Witness to the Blues 

Joe Louis Walker - Witness to the Blues 

Witness to the Blues: It's a Shame, Midnight Train, Lover's Holiday, Hustlin', Witness, Rollin' & Tumblin', Highview, I Got What You Need, Keep On Believin', 100% More Man, Sugar Mama             

Personnel: Joe Louis Walker: Vocals, Electric, Acoustic, Slide and Ratchet Guitars, harmonica; Bruce Katz: Piano, Organ; Jon Ross: Electric and Acoustic Guitar; Mark Teixeira: Drums, Percussion; Duke Robillard: Electric and Acoustic Guitar; Todd Sharpville: Electric Guitar; Doug James: Baritone and Tenor Saxophone; Scott Aruda: Trumpet; Shemekia Copeland: Vocals

Witness to the Blues was produced by Duke Robillard on the Stony Plain Records label. The world of Joe Louis Walker is the blues, and Witness to the Blues captures the energy and soulful sound that only the well traveled, award winning Joe Louis Walker can create. Crisscrossing the globe to spread the word of blues, he is a tireless worker always ready to embrace an audience and show them his blues sound. Taking control from the first song It's A Shame, he showers us with the horn section drawing us into his world as he captures your heart with his engaging vocals. Midnight Train brings it down and dirty getting to the roots with rolling guitar riffs that will move you along the train tracks of this hard hitting song.

Lover's Holiday features a stimulating duet with up-and-coming blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland. Hustlin' written by Joe Louis Walker sums up his dedication to spreading the message of the blues to a global audience as he hustles with rollicking guitar licks complementing a pulsating piano. He slows it down with the gospel and soul roots track Witness and shows off his special gift for rendering a song meaningful and poignant.

His arrangement of Rollin' & Tumblin' and Sugar Mama get back to the core blues as he tightens up the sound and lets the music do the talking especially the haunting harmonica and lyrics of Sugar Mama. Highview is an acoustic track drawing from hard-edged and Chicago style blues that features the passionate duo of Joe Louis Walker and Duke Robillard trading licks as they cut through the song like a hot knife through butter. I Got What You Need features the duo of Joe and Duke belting out Delta Blues as they trade guitar leads against Joe's vocals.

Diversity is what Joe Louis Walker is about, and on Keep On Believin' he uses a Gospel sound, and getting back to the basics of blues he makes use of the slide guitar to roll with his lyrics on 100% More Man.

Diversity, passion, and a love for the essentials of all things blues, is what Joe Louis Walker is about; he is a troubadour of blues, and the world is a better place for it.

Websites where you can procure Joe Louis Walker - Witness to the Blues are Stony Plain Records, J&R, Yahoo Music,, Amazon, Rhapsody, and CD Universe.

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