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........"BETWEEN A ROCK & THE BLUES” WINS BMA ALBUM OF THE YEAR!......Congratulations to JLW! "Between A Rock & The Blues" takes home the 2010 BMA ALBUM OF THE YEAR in Memphis, TN. A special thanks to the Blues Foundation and all its members and all the blues fans for supporting JLW & the Blues which helps make this great event and album possible.....In addition special thanks to Robin Poritzky Walker, Holger Petersen Stony Plain Records, Duke Robillard, Jack Gauthier Lakewest Recording, Rick Booth of Intrepid Artists, David L. Jones of Cathouse Music, Kevin Eubanks, Henry Oden, Ellis Eugene Blacknell Jr., Jeff Minnieweather, Bruce Katz, Jesse Williams, Mark Teixeira, Doug James, Carl Querfurth, Sugar Ray Norcia, Murali Coryell, Steve Hall, Joe Russo, Fat Harry Dorth & Dennise Londt and Todd Sharpville. ..For current tour dates, click here............... ..JLW & BB King: "T.Bone Shuffle".. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .... .. ..Multiple Grammy & WC Handy Award winner, Joe Louis Walker is one of the most heralded blues artists of our time. JLW is a true powerhouse guitar virtuoso, unique singer & prolific songwriter who has toured the world religiously throughout his career and earned himself a legion of dedicated fans around the globe. He has recorded with the likes of BB King, James Cotton, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Huey Lewis, Branford Marsalis, Steve Cropper, Shemekia Copeland & Ike Turner, with a discography that counts 19 solo albums, 2 live DVD's, and countless compilations and guest appearances. Still recording & touring with a vengeance, JLW is already being referred to within the blues world as a "living legend." However, as Walker himself would say, "the best is yet to come!".. .... "Play everywhere, all the time, as often as I possibly can. Travel anywhere there's an audience for my music, take every opportunity, and keep playing and singing as well as I know I can." .... "My dream was always to play my music in as many different places as I can; that's why I admired Louis Armstrong and why B.B. King and Buddy Guy are heroes for me — they always kept their music fresh by reaching out to new audiences all the time." .... It's Joe Louis Walker talking, a man who travels so much his passport has been used to cross more borders than 99 per cent of all Americans, and a man who does everything he can to refresh his powerful, timeless music. .... ..Music at the crossroads.... Now, with his 20th album — and his second for Edmonton-based Stony Plain Records — he has put a spotlight on the powerful crossroads where the blues and rock meet on common ground. Between a Rock and the Blues is a breakthrough; a testament to the truth of Muddy Waters' assertion than the blues had a baby and they called it rock and roll. .... Walker's own originals on this album re-affirm the depth of his song writing that has been amply displayed over the course of his career. The opening track, "I'm Tide," reflects an attitude that seems prevalent in Walker's generation, dealing with the superficiality of the modern age. In contrast, "Black Widow Spider" and "Prisoner of Misery" are autobiographical pieces stemming from the emotions he's experienced in some of his relationships. As always, Walker manages to do this with a healthy combination of poignancy, wit and sharp humor. .... Ten of the album's dozen tracks were produced by Stony Plain label-mate Duke Robillard (who additionally guests on one track), and feature a core band of Walker on guitars, Bruce Katz on keyboards, Jesse Williams on bass, Mark Teixeira on drums, Doug James on sax, Carl Querfurth on trombone and Sugar Ray Norcia on harmonica. .... Kevin Eubanks, former music director of The Tonight Show, plays on two of the tracks, both produced by Walker at Eubanks' studio in Los Angeles. They feature Joe and Kevin Eubanks on guitar, Henry Oden on bass, Jeff Minieweather on drums and Ellis Blacknell, Jr. on keyboards. Minieweather has played in Walker's touring band at different times over a dozen years, and Oden has been a stalwart bassist at various periods since the first JLW release on HighTone back in 1986. Eubanks also co-wrote the two tracks with Walker, Blacknell and Joe Russo— "If There's a Heaven" (which manages to combine both blues and gospel in one amazing brew) and "I've Been Down." .... Several of the other songs on Between a Rock and the Blues were written by friends of the artist, who then gives his own personal touch to contemporary blues songs written by Duke Robillard ("Tell Me Why") and Murali Coryell, (son of jazz/rock fusion guitar great Larry Coryell), adding pepper to the mix. Coryell's song, "Way Too Expensive," is a pertinent comment on the current economic situation. Songs from other Walker favorites — Ray Charles' "Blackjack," Roy Gaines' "Big Fine Woman" and Travis Phillips' "Eyes Like a Cat — round out the CD. .... As the album's title implies, Walker pushes the boundaries of the blues further than he has in the past, creating an exhilarating sound that has an electrifying energy, while remaining firmly rooted in his foundation of blues, soul, gospel and R&B. .... ..Background.... In many ways, Walker's story is unusual. Born in San Francisco (on Christmas Day 1949) and now based in Westchester, New York, he was part of the Bay Area blues scene in his early teens, and by the time he was 16 he had soaked up the sounds of the likes of T-Bone Walker, Amos Milburn, and boogie woogie pioneers Meade Lux Lewis and Pete Johnson. As he grew up, he found himself on stage with such disparate tutors as John Lee Hooker, Thelonius Monk, the Soul Stirrers, Steve Miller and Jimi Hendrix. .... "I was hanging in Haight-Asbury long before it became gentrified; the old Fillmore Auditorium was the place I saw James Brown and Little Richard and Bobby Bland and the Temptations," he remembers now. "I went to school a short block away — but I guess that the Fillmore was, in a way, my real school." .... By the time he was 19, he had built a close friendship with guitarist Mike Bloomfield — they were roommates for many years. It was Bloomfield's tragic early death that persuaded Walker to change his life: He enrolled at San Francisco State University, earning music and English degrees — and performing regularly with a gospel group, The Spiritual Corinthians. .... In 1985, he returned to the blues, fronting a new band he called "The Bosstalkers", and making the first of five albums for HighTone, before signing to PolyGram's Verve/Gitanes label, for whom he recorded another six albums. In addition to releases on several other labels, Walker has also performed on countless albums as a guest with artists ranging from B. B. King to Peter Green. These early records served as an entrée into the European market. Sterling appearances at major festivals throughout Europe (North Sea Jazz Festival, Glastonbury, Nice, Notodden and Montreux among them) led to further tours and festivals in Japan, Australia, Taiwan, Ireland, Turkey and Brazil— a foreign touring schedule he continues to match, year after year, while continuing to compile an impressive list of awards throughout Europe. .... In 1988 Joe Louis Walker performed for President George H. W. Bush at a non partisan roots musical presentation called "The Celebration for Young America, alongside such artists as Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan, Joe Cocker, Ron Wood, Willie Dixon and Koko Taylor, among others. He was also an integral part of the musical presentation to induct B. B. King into the Kennedy Center Honors in 1995 — a command performance for President Clinton by Etta James, Steve Cropper, Bonnie Raitt and others. .... Witness to the Blues, Joe Louis Walker's debut for Stony Plain (also produced by Duke Robillard), generated enormous critical acclaim and hit 1 on the Living Blues magazine radio chart; it was recently voted as one of the top best blues albums of the year in the annual Down Beat Critics' Poll. .... ..Foreground.... Joe Louis Walker is a walking encyclopedia of blues history as well as blues vocal and guitar styles. "I think this new CD is self-explanatory," Walker says. "It was also a challenge. At times musicians get jaded, and I try to guard against that. Like my heroes, my dream was always to play my music in as many different places as I can. That keeps you fresh. For sure. .... And the future of the blues? Echoing a song by Muddy Water's piano man Otis Spann recorded 30 years ago, Walker says the blues will never die. "Every new generation of kids coming up keeps it alive. I've heard young blues players in Turkey, the UK, Europe and the United States. Blues music is at the root of rock and roll — the blues is the building block that almost all popular music rests on." .... Joe Louis Walker is managed by David L. Jones of Cathouse Music, LLC ( and will tour extensively in both the U.S. and internationally in support of Between A Rock And The Blues. .... ..For the full JLW biography, please refer to the blog section... .... ..Discography.. .. Albums: ....Cold Is The Night (Hightone, 1986).. ..The Gift (Hightone, 1988).. ..Blue Soul (Hightone, 1989)....Live At Slim's, Volume One (Hightone, 1991)....Live At Slim's, Volume Two (Hightone, 1992)....Blues Survivor (Polydor/Polygram, 1993)....JLW (Polydor/Polygram, 1994)....Blues Of The Month Club (Polydor/Polygram, 1995)....Great Guitars (Polydor/Polygram, 1997)....Preacher And The President (Polydor/Polygram, 1998)....Silvertone Blues (Polydor/Polygram, 1999)....In the Morning (Telarc, 2002)....Pasa Tiempo (Evidence Music, 2002)....Guitar Brothers (JSP Records, 2002)....She's My Money Maker (JSP, 2002-03)....Ridin' High (Hightone, 2003)....New Direction (Provogue, 2004)....Playin' Dirty (JSP, 2006))....Witness To The Blues (Stony Plain, 2008).. .. DVDs: ....Live At ..On Broadway' (Blues Express, 2001).. ..Joe Louis Walker In Concert (Inakoustik, 2003).. .. ..

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