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 as they are the core of our organization.
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!
“Everybody Wants a Piece” OUT OCTOBER 9, 2015!
With a career that goes back to the 1960s, Joe Louis Walker is one of trailblazers of the blues. The award-winning guitar slinger, vocalist and songwriter has played and recorded with everyone from Lightning Hopkins (who once threw him off the stage) to B.B. King to James Cotton. Walker has released 24 more albums and two DVDs and toured worldwide. He’s won four Blues Music Awards, including the 2010 Album Of The Year Award for Between A Rock And A Hard Place, and has been nominated for 47 more.
Raining fire with his guitar and spitting brimstone with his vocals, Everybody Want A Piece begins a brand new chapter in Joe Louis Walker’s already legendary career.
1. Everybody Wants A Piece
2. Do I Love Her
3. Buzz On You
4. Black & Blue
6. One Sunny Day
7. Gospel Blues
8. Wade In The Water
9. Man Of Many Words
10. Young Girls Blues
11. 35 Years Old
Joe Louis Walker was just named the winner of the 2015 Living Blues Awards – Critics’ Poll as “Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar).” The winners are all announced in the Aug/Sept issue of Living Blues.
In addition, JLW is a featured performer in the 2015 Living Blues Awards Readers Poll winner – Best Blues DVD of 2014: Various Artists A Celebration of Blues and Soul: The 1989 Presidential Inaugural Concert (Shout! Factory)
Living Blues is a bi-monthly magazine focused on blues music, and America’s oldest blues periodical. The magazine stresses the position of blues as a living African American tradition. The annual Living Blues Awards have been presented since 1993 in multiple categories. And remember, you can go to www.LivingBlues.com for a complete list of all past winners.
BLUES HALL OF FAMER
Joe Louis Walker will take part in the Thelonious Monk Institute Of Jazz’s International Jazz Day in Osaka, Japan on April 30, 2014. He will be hitting the stage with fellow blues artist Chris Thomas King. Many other artists will also perform, including Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and John Scofield.
According to the Monk Institute, “The designation of International Jazz Day is intended to bring together communities, schools and other groups the world over to celebrate and learn more about the art of jazz, its roots and its impact. Ultimately, it seeks to foster intercultural dialogue and raise public awareness about the role of jazz music. As a language of freedom across the board, jazz promotes social inclusion, enhancing understanding, tolerance and nurturing creativity.”
From its base in Washington, DC, the Thelonious Monk Institute Of Jazz identifies jazz music’s new voices, honoring its present and past masters, and making the jazz aesthetic available and comprehensible in concert halls and classrooms around the world. The Institute is the lead nonprofit organization charged with planning, promoting and producing International Jazz Day.
Walker’s latest album, Hornet’s Nest, has been hailed as a true blues tour-de-force.
USA Today says it is “tough and resilient.”
Living Blues added, “Few contemporary blues artists blend aggression, deep feeling and eclecticism with the panache and ferocity of Joe Louis Walker.”
Premieres March 2014 on PBS (check local listings)
– World Television Premiere of Dazzling 1989 Concert Featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan,
Sam Moore, Bo Diddley, Ronnie Wood, Joe Louis Walker, Percy Sledge, Delbert McClinton, Dr. John, and More –
This March, PBS viewers will be treated to the world television premiere of a never-before-seen historic concert featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan and some of the biggest names in blues and rock history performing their greatest hits. Recorded during a live Presidential Inaugural concert event in 1989, the video and audiotapes of this concert were presumed lost for nearly 20 years.
A CELEBRATION OF BLUES & SOUL: THE 1989 INAUGURAL CONCERT is part of special programming premiering on PBS stations beginning March 1, 2014 (check local listings).
A CELEBRATION OF BLUES & SOUL features nearly 20 minutes of dazzling Stevie Ray Vaughan performances including “Superstition,” “Love Struck Baby” (with guest artist Jimmie Vaughan), and “Frosty,” with guest artists Jimmie Vaughan and Blues Hall of Fame legend Albert Collins
Also featured are Dr. John’s performance of “Right Place, Wrong Time,” Bo Diddley’s performance of “Hey! Bo Diddley,” with Ronnie Wood from the Rolling Stones, “Hoochie Coochie Man,” performed by Willie Dixon with Albert Collins, fellow Blues Hall of Fame guitarist Joe Louis Walker and Delbert McClinton, and McClinton’s own performance of “Just A Little Bit,” with both Albert Collins and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Steve Cropper.
Finally, A CELEBRATION OF BLUES & SOUL features a very special tribute to the legendary artists who recorded for Memphis’ Stax Records. Included in this tribute are Sam Moore’s performance of “Soul Man,” Eddie Floyd’s performance of “Knock on Wood,” and a stirring duet by Carla Thomas and Billy Preston of “When Something Is Wrong With My Baby.” What makes this tribute particularly special is that these performances also include Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Steve Cropper and bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn from the Stax Records legendary group Booker T and the MG’s, who played on the original studio recordings for these songs, and fellow Stax guitarist Michael Toles from the Bar-Kays.
The original video for A CELEBRATION OF BLUES & SOUL was professionally recorded with seven cameras, along with a separate 24-track audio recording. When these original recordings were relocated six years ago, the original video was restored, re-mastered, color-corrected, and converted to HD, and the audio was remixed to a 6-channel, 5.1 format by the legendary audio engineer Ed Greene, who has won more than 20 Emmy® Awards for sound mixing and engineering, for programs such as American Idol, and numerous productions of the Grammy Awards® and the Academy Awards®.
A CELEBRATION OF BLUES & SOUL: THE 1989 INAUGURAL CONCERT includes these performances:
- “Right Place, Wrong Time” – Dr. John
- “When A Man Loves A Woman” – Percy Sledge
- “Knock On Wood” – Eddie Floyd with Steve Cropper and Duck Dunn
- “Hey! Bo Diddley” – Bo Diddley with Ronnie Wood
- “Hoochie Coochie Man” – Willie Dixon with Albert Collins, Joe Louis Walker and Delbert McClinton
- “Soul Man” – Sam Moore with Billy Preston, Steve Cropper and Donald “Duck” Dunn
- “Just A Little Bit” – Delbert McClinton with Steve Cropper and Albert Collins
- “When Something Is Wrong With My Baby” – Carla Thomas and Billy Preston
- “Frosty” – Albert Collins with Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble featuring Jimmie Vaughan
- “Love Struck Baby” – Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble featuring Jimmie Vaughan
- “Superstition” – Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
- “Scuttle Buttin’” – Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
PBS special programming invites viewers to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; hear diverse viewpoints; and take front-row seats to world-class drama and performances. Viewer contributions are an important source of funding, making PBS programs possible. PBS and public television stations offer all Americans from every walk of life the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content.
Underwriters: Public Television Viewers and PBS
Executive Producer: Howell Begle
Producers: Howell Begle and Jef Huey
Format: CC Stereo HD and 5.1 Surround HD