Joe Louis Walker Brings His Brand of Blues to Rhythm Room on Wednesday
Joe Louis Walker first got his hands on a guitar at age 8, and he hasn't stopped playing since. The internationally acclaimed bluesman, who was well renowned for his playing skills by his teenage years, has done much during his 50 years in the music business.
Michael Weintrob Joe Louis Walker is scheduled to perform on Wednesday, April 2, at Rhythm Room.
He's released more than 50 albums of his own material, appeared on hundreds more with other musicians, traveled the world, and performed alongside such legends as Thelonious Monk, Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, and John Lee Hooker. On Wednesday, Walker's travels bring him to the Rhythm Room on his current tour in support of his latest CD, Hornet's Nest.
The Valley is definitely one of his favorite places to perform.
"I've been playing Phoenix for 25-30 years and I love the crowds here," Walker says.
The 64-year-old blues guitarist will likely perform many of the songs off the 12-track album, which was produced by renowned Americana/rock multi-instrumentalist Tom Hambridge, who's also known for producing record for the likes of George Thorogood, Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top.
That's fine with Walker because he digs many genres of music -- including dipping into jazz, psychedelic rock, British rock and gospel -- but sticks mostly with the blues because "that's my mother tongue."
According to Walker, the reason he tapped Hambridge to produce the CD is because he's fearless in the studio.
"Tom is willing to try new things," Walker says. "He's willing to speed up or slow down the music to see what happens."