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Legendary Blues Hall of Fame Inductee Joe Louis Walker Releases 'Eclectic Electric'

Blues legend, four-time Blues Music Award winner, and Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Joe Louis Walker releases Eclectic Electric November 12th, 2021 on the Los Angeles-based label Cleopatra Records.

The legendary guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter co-produced the album with Scott Petito, it features a mix of new originals and covers by some of the classic rock era’s finest songwriters, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Don Felder, Keith Richards, Warren Zevon, Waddy Wachtel, and Danny Kortchmar. Waddy Wachtel appears on the album, along with Jimmy Vivino, Steve Berlin, Murali Coryell, and Doyle Bramhall II.

A true powerhouse guitar virtuoso, unique singer and prolific songwriter, he has toured extensively throughout his career, performed at the world’s most renowned music festivals, and earned a legion of dedicated fans. Walker’s 1986 debut album Cold Is the Night on HighTone announced his arrival in stunning fashion, and his subsequent output has only served to further establish Walker as one of the leading bluesmen on the scene.

Born on December 25, 1949 in San Francisco, at age 14, he took up the guitar. Just two years later, he was a known quantity on the Bay Area music scene, playing blues with an occasional foray into psychedelic rock. For a while, he roomed with Mike Bloomfield, who introduced him to Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead. Walker even made a brief pilgrimage to Chicago to check out the blues scene there. In 1975, burned out on blues, Walker turned to God, singing for the next decade with a gospel group, the Spiritual Corinthians. When the Corinthians played the 1985 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Walker was inspired to embrace his blues roots again. He assembled the Boss Talkers, and throughout the 1990s merged many of his gospel, jazz, soul, funk and rock influences with his trademark blues sensibilities on recordings released by Polydor/Polygram. These albums feature Walker’s collaborations with a diverse group of first-rate artists including Branford Marsalis, James Cotton, Tower of Power, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Ike Turner and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. Walker has steadily released recordings since the turn of the millennium, and recently signed to Provogue / Mascot Label Group.

Always an artist deeply expressive lyrically, Walker continues to write and sing about themes that are universal.


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