Monday, October 19, 2015

Review: "Everybody Wants a Piece" - Joe Walker Lewis

by Andy Snipper,

There aren’t many Blues Hall Of Fame inductees still active and fewer still playing at the peak of their powers. Joe Louis Walker has 4 Blues Music Awards and in his 50 plus years playing Blues he has been mentioned as an influence by thousands of other guitarists and singers.

This is pretty much standard Blues fare – albeit played with some amazing skill and real heart. Walker is a man who knows how to put a song together and his passion shines through every song.

The title track has a great Hammond sound under the rocking Blues/soul and Walker’s guitar covers the riff setting up for a great piece of funky Blues. Buzz on You has a jaunty rock & roll feel to it, a real throwback to the sixties Blues showbands and Black And Blue is strident R&B that builds into a massive heartbreaker of a song including some superb guitar – strangely with a touch of Peter Frampton to it.

He was heavily involved in the church for some time leading the Spiritual Corinthians for over 10 years and that definitely colors the beautiful Gospel Blues before a version of Wade In The Water that cooks with real love.

There are traces of his influences all through the album – he roomed with Mike Bloomfield and worked with Jimi Hendrix and The Grateful Dead during his time in the Bay Area before going off to Chicago to develop his Blues playing – but his music is as fresh as it might have been written 40 years ago and his playing has only improved over the years.

Definitely one for the Blues lovers, a man on top form.