Blues Hall of Fame guitarist/vocalist/composer Joe Louis Walker has announced the addition of a new touring partner, guitarist Murali Coryell.
Coryell, song of legendary guitarist Larry Coryell and a talented guitarist, composer, songwriter and performer in his own right, will be performing with Joe and his band at shows worldwide in 2017, starting with Joe’s New Year’s Day show at the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA.
Coryell will also be collaborating with Joe on his next new release for Mascot/Provogue Records, the follow-up to Joe’s Grammy-nominated and critically acclaimed album, Everybody Wants a Piece.
Says Joe, “It’s with much happiness and excitement to welcome the super talented Murali Coryell back as an added attraction to the JLW band. We are fortunate to have such a great singer, musician, songwriter and performer back as an extra added attraction.
He will perform some of the songs off his numerous albums at our gigs, as well as write/record/perform on my next Mascot/Provogue album.
Look for Murali, myself and the rest of my incredible band in the upcoming year at various clubs and festivals in various parts of the world, such as ….Mustique in January and February, Panama in February, Europe in March, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April, Brazil in June, Poland in July along with many more shows worldwide.
Walker will also be celebrating his Grammy nomination with two Grammy nominee parties at his shows on February 4 at the Iridium in New York City and on February 5 at Biscuits & Blues in San Francisco.
Feel free to come down and celebrate with Joe.
Joe Louis Walker and EVERYBODY WANTS A PIECE … nominated for the 59th GRAMMY Awards – Best Contemporary Blues Album
I’d like to thank the GRAMMY Foundation & nominating committee, Mascot Label Group, Tina Terry Agency, Neil O’Brien Entertainment, Veryshow, KULTOPOLUS & John Lappen. Also, Paul Nelson – Producer, Phil Magnotti – Engineer, JO JO Russo – Songwriter, Tom Perme – Tech & the great musicians that make up my BAND – Lenny Bradford, Byron Cage, Phillip Young who helped record, write, sing and play on EVERYBODY WANTS A PIECE & Travis Reed, a charter member of the band.
But mainly I’d like to THANK my Wife Robin Poritzky – Walker & Family – Lena Walker, Bernice Hardy Walker & my Grandson Germaine ( LIL G ). Thanks for your support and LUV – JLW
He had all the right moves. He played air GTR better than I was playing real GTR. Can’t wait to hear him in 10 yrs. He had all the bikers, blues aficionados, beachcombers, outta towners … all of us just couldn’t take our eyes off him. I had to get him on stage and he stole the show … WITHOUT A GTR – Imagine what he’s gonna do when he gets one!
YOUNG PEOPLE NEED ACCESS to creative endeavors. Now more than ever! Please GIVE GIVE GIVE … SUPPORT them in anyway you can … I CAN’T SAY THIS ENOUGH – THERE is great HOPE in the eyes of a child excited to LEARN and understand.
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Blues Hall of Famer Joe Louis Walker added another distinguished honor to an ever-growing list of personal achievements by being named the Blues Foundation Blues Music Award Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the year.
Joe was also nominated for Best Rock Blues Album of the Year for his masterful Everybody Wants a Piece album, released on Provogue Records.
Throughout his lengthy career, Joe is recognized as one of the leading lights on the blues scene, having performed and recorded with artists ranging from the likes of B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and countless other well-known and legendary names.
Joe is one of the greatest bluesmen of his generation. He is a four-time Blues Music Award winner and 2013 Blues Hall of Fame inductee who has appeared on multiple Grammy-winning albums. He is known worldwide as one of the genre’s top musical trailblazers—a mesmerizing guitarist and soul-testifying vocalist.
The New York Times raves, “Walker is a singer with a Cadillac of a voice. He delivers no-nonsense, gutsy blues. His guitar solos are fast, wiry and incisive, moaning with bluesy despair.” Rolling Stone simply calls him “ferocious.”
Joe continues to tour worldwide, bring his mix of blues, rock, soul and gospel to his devoted fans throughout the world. “I’m extremely pleased to be honored by the Blues Foundation as this year’s contemporary male blues artist winner,” said Walker. “I’ve devoted my life to my music and it’s always a wonderful feeling to be recognized for doing something you love. I appreciate this award very much.”
“Blues for Peace” is a grass roots movement of musicians, music promoters, music venues, & anybody who wants to help promote peace.
On May 27, 28, 29, 30 2016 there will be musical events in cities and towns around the world sending a message of peace. “Blues for Peace” has partnered with the USA for UNHCR the UN Refugee Agency and will be raising money to assist refugees world-wide.
You can join the movement by going to the Blues for Peace facebook page
Thank you – Michael Packer for Blues for Peace
Joe Louis Walker has been nominated 2 categories in The Blues Foundation’s 2016 Blues Music Awards!
Final Ballot will be sent to “Blues Foundation” members around December 22, 2016. If you are not a member, it is a great way to support the Blues. For more info about this fantastic organization and to cast your ballot for Joe Louis Walker, please check out The Blues Foundation.
Rock Blues Album of the Year
Everybody Wants a Piece – Joe Louis Walker
Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks – Joe Bonamassa
Don’t Look Back – Royal Southern Brotherhood
Tough Love – Tinsley Ellis
Battle Scars – Walter Trout
Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Joe Louis Walker
Eugene Hideaway Bridges
The Blues Foundation is Memphis-based, but world-renown as THE organization whose mission is to preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of this uniquely American art form. Founded in 1980, The Blues Foundation has approximately 4000 individual members and 200 affiliated local blues societies representing another 50,000 fans and professionals around the world. Its signature honors and events–the Blues Music Awards, Blues Hall of Fame, International Blues Challenge and Keeping the Blues Alive Awards–make it the international center of blues music. The recent opening of the Blues Hall of Fame Museum, in Memphis, TN, now adds the opportunity for music lovers of all ages to interact with the music and the history.
United States Artists (USA) is pleased to announce the 37 new USA Fellows for 2015, including Blues Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Blues Music Award winner Joe Louis Walker. Each artist or collaborative will receive an award to support their practice and professional development, opening up exciting creative possibilities through the transformative power of unrestricted financial support.
USA honors innovative, accomplished artists at all stages of their careers, who are nominated by their peers and field experts for the quality, imagination, and enduring potential of their work in the following disciplines: Architecture & Design, Crafts, Dance, Literature, Media, Music, Theater & Performance, Traditional Arts, and Visual Arts. USA’s mission is to put artists first.
JLW plans to use the grant, in great part, to assist in acquiring musical instruments, lessons, and all forms of media for young people who are excited to learn but may not have the means necessary to be opened up to the world of musical creativity. With great appreciation for successful models like the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, who’s ability to honor its present and past masters and make the jazz aesthetic available and comprehensible in concert halls and classrooms around the world, JLW hopes to help young artists find their musical path. Whether it be in a dorm hall at a local college campus or a high school in St. Croix, music can and will thrive as it continues to be a vital part of our children’s education.
On behalf of Joe Louis Walker, thank you to USA and the many tireless artists who keep this creative spirit alive and well. Please take a moment to get acquainted with all of the impressive talent awarded this year’s United States Artists Fellowship!