Witness to the Blues

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Joe Louis Walker deserves all the respect he gets, and he gets a lot -- as a singer, a producer, a guitarist in multiple styles, a songwriter, and a harmonica player. But that doesn't prevent his first album for the Stony Plain label from being something of a mixed bag. One of Walker's great strengths is the authority with which he can play several different varieties of blues: his version of "It's a Shame" is a supremely confident, horn-driven Chicago blues exercise, while "Midnight Train" evokes the subtler chug of a John Lee Hooker song. "Lover's Holiday" a lovely duet with Shemekia Copeland is New Orleans-style R&B, and "Hustlin'" features some very fine ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Joe Louis Walker deserves all the respect he gets, and he gets a lot -- as a singer, a producer, a guitarist in multiple styles, a songwriter, and a harmonica player. But that doesn't prevent his first album for the Stony Plain label from being something of a mixed bag. One of Walker's great strengths is the authority with which he can play several different varieties of blues: his version of "It's a Shame" is a supremely confident, horn-driven Chicago blues exercise, while "Midnight Train" evokes the subtler chug of a John Lee Hooker song. "Lover's Holiday" a lovely duet with Shemekia Copeland is New Orleans-style R&B, and "Hustlin'" features some very fine barrelhouse piano by Bruce Katz. And that's just the first four tracks, in order. When Walker falters, it's in the vocal department, and it happens most egregiously on the excruciating "Witness." But elsewhere he's in fine voice, and the album-closing "Sugar Mama" is both one of the program's finest tracks and an exceptionally powerful vocal performance. His guitar playing is always a treat, and the album is solidly recommendable overall.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • Label: Stony Plain Music
  • UPC: 772532133722
  • Catalog Number: 1337
  • Sales rank: 346,147

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's a Shame (6:19)
  2. 2 Midnight Train (4:19)
  3. 3 Lover's Holiday (4:16)
  4. 4 Hustlin' (5:19)
  5. 5 Witness (6:10)
  6. 6 Rollin' & Tumblin' (4:56)
  7. 7 Highview (6:51)
  8. 8 I Got What You Need (5:17)
  9. 9 Keep on Believin' (4:30)
  10. 10 100% More Man (7:14)
  11. 11 Sugar Mama (8:57)
  12. 12 [CD-Rom Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Louis Walker Primary Artist, Harmonica, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Duke Robillard Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Bruce Katz Organ, Piano
Doug James Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Scott Aruda Trumpet
Shemekia Copeland Vocals
Todd Sharpville Electric Guitar
Mark Teixeira Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Joe Louis Walker Arranger, Composer, Adaptation
Duke Robillard Composer, Producer
John Paul Gauthier Engineer
J.J. Malone Composer
Holger Petersen Executive Producer
Paul Cobb Engineer
Joe Russo Composer
Traditional Composer
John Mailloux Mastering
Bob McRee Composer
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