Sounds for the times

Sounds for the times

Veteran bluesman Joe Louis Walker showcases his many talents at ABC

By John Sollenberger 03/09/2012

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Blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter Joe Louis Walker hit the professional scene early. By 16, the San Francisco-born artist was the house guitarist at that city’s hottest venue, The Matrix, and a regular at The Fillmore West, backing everyone from Lightnin’ Hopkins to Jimi Hendrix to Thelonious Monk. 
 
Friday night, Walker brings his unique, historically informed style to Arcadia Blues Club.
 
When Walker was starting out in the late 1960s, he was in the thick of San Francisco’s musical salad bowl, where psychedelic rock, jazz and blues all congealed to create a diverse scene. Those early influences shaped Walker’s present sound, and he easily shifts from blues and rock to jazz, country and gospel. 
 
His parents, who came to San Francisco from the South, also played a role in Walker’s musical education. His father was a blues piano player, and his mother frequently played B.B. King records.
 
Over the years, he’s accompanied numerous blues legends, including Michael Bloomfield, Ike Turner and Albert King, and has released a string of discs. His latest CD is “Hellfire.” 
 
Visit joelouiswalker.com to learn more. 

Music starts at 8 p.m. Friday at Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E. Huntington Drive, Arcadia. Tickets are $15. Call (626) 447-9349 or visit arcadiabluesclub.com. 

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