×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Witness to the Blues
     

Witness to the Blues

by Joe Louis Walker
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2008
Label:
Stony Plain Music
UPC:
0772532133722
catalogNumber:
1337

Tracks

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
Bob McRee   Composer

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews