Here's Joe Louis Walker, an extraordinary bluesman with a respect for his roots. His singing is rough and ready; his guitar keeps the listener's attention as there are no old worn and torn cliched licks. This is fresh and exciting blues from the Bay area performer.
Of the dozen tracks on this CD, ten are Walker originals. The remaining tunes are Robert Nighthawk's "Crying Won't Help You" and Sunnyland Slim's "It's You Baby".
Joe Louis Walker learned his art at an early age and was playing local 'Frisco gigs at 14. By the time he reached his late teens, he was opening for the likes of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Lightnin' Hopkins and Mississippi Fred McDowell at The Matrix. He has accumulated three W.C.Handy "Contemporary Blues Artist of the Year" Awards in 1988, 1989 and 1990. On this first CD for Blue Thumb, Joe is joined by harp wizard James Cotton, pianist Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, guitarist Alvin Youngblood Hart, bassist Joe Thomas and drummer Chris Sandoval.
There are guitar licks on this recording that will really make the hair on your neck stand up. Joe whoops and wails, plays slide guitar, picks some single string stuff and even plays piano on the last track. James Cotton is regarded by everyone as the boss man of blues harp. Kenny Wayne is a master of boogie piano and has a left hand like a jackhammer. Don't buy a used piano from this guy!
Silvertone Blues is a hell of a great CD and should not be missed.