Hornet's Nest

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Joe Louis Walker is the John Henry of the blues, a guy who works hard and isn't afraid to put his back into his music. Hornet's Nest is the man's tenth studio album since the dawn of the 21st century, and not a few journeyman bluesmen would be very, very happy to come up with a session this strong and diverse with twice the time to prepare. Walker and his band are in tight, ferocious form on Hornet's Nest, with Walker's blazing lead guitar work supported by Reese Wynans' rollicking keyboards, Rob McNelley's able second guitar, Tommy MacDonald's rock-solid bass, and Tom Hambridge's aggressive but tasteful drumming. The song list is eclectic, ranging from the hard-edged ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Joe Louis Walker is the John Henry of the blues, a guy who works hard and isn't afraid to put his back into his music. Hornet's Nest is the man's tenth studio album since the dawn of the 21st century, and not a few journeyman bluesmen would be very, very happy to come up with a session this strong and diverse with twice the time to prepare. Walker and his band are in tight, ferocious form on Hornet's Nest, with Walker's blazing lead guitar work supported by Reese Wynans' rollicking keyboards, Rob McNelley's able second guitar, Tommy MacDonald's rock-solid bass, and Tom Hambridge's aggressive but tasteful drumming. The song list is eclectic, ranging from the hard-edged rock-leaning sound of the title cut, the psychedelic flourishes of "Not in Kansas Anymore," and the soulful, horn-fortified strut of "All I Wanted to Do" to the gospel-influenced moods of "Keep the Faith" and the down-home slide guitar showcase "I'm Gonna Walk Outside." And Walker's taste in covers is commendable, adding doo wop-style vocals to Jesse Stone's "Don't Let Go" and turning the Rolling Stones' "Ride On, Baby" into a roadhouse rocker whose twin-keyboard attack recalls Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band. Walker's vocals run to the rough side, but he never lacks passion and the touch of grit suits these tunes: he knows how to drive this band, resulting in an album that's rich, satisfying, and fresh despite its strong allegiance to traditional blues. Drummer Tom Hambridge also deserves a shout-out for his production, which is powerful and well-detailed while also sounding natural and realistic. Walker proves that there are still great barnstorming blues artists letting it loose in clubs and ducking into recording studios when they get the chance, and Hornet's Nest confirms that at the age of 64, he has an awful lot of life left in him.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/2014
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • UPC: 014551495925
  • Catalog Number: 514959
  • Sales rank: 3,356

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hornet's Nest (4:03)
  2. 2 All I Wanted To Do - Muscle Shoals Horn Section (4:22)
  3. 3 As the Sun Goes Down (4:25)
  4. 4 Stick a Fork In Me (3:05)
  5. 5 Don't Let Go (4:44)
  6. 6 Love Enough (4:37)
  7. 7 Ramblin' Soul (5:48)
  8. 8 Ride On, Baby (3:36)
  9. 9 Soul City (3:53)
  10. 10 I'm Gonna Walk Outside (4:49)
  11. 11 Not in Kansas Anymore (3:39)
  12. 12 Keep the Faith (4:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Louis Walker Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Michael Black Background Vocals
Jim Horn Saxophone
Charles Rose Trombone
Reese Wynans Piano, Hammond B3
Curtis Young Background Vocals
Tom Hambridge Percussion, Drums, Tambourine, Background Vocals
Vinnie Ciesielski Trumpet
Rob McNelley Guitar
Tommy Macdonald Bass
Ray Walker Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Joe Louis Walker Composer
Mick Jagger Composer
Richard Fleming Composer
Brian Harrison Engineer
Keith Richards Composer
Tom Hambridge Composer, Producer, Mastering
Michael Trossman Logo
Nick Autry Engineer
Michael Saint-Leon Engineer, Mastering
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