Joe Louis Walker

“a legendary boundary-pushing icon of modern blues” - NPR


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Journeys To The Heart Of The Blues gets second Acoustic Album Nomination

Thank you Blues Blast Magazine ... Thank you fans ... Honored to have another Acoustic Album nomination ... We are in good company

Acoustic Blues Album
- Catfish Keith - Reefer Hound - Viper Songs Revisited
- Ben Rice - Wish The World Away
- Bob Frank - True Stories and Outrageous Lies
- Matt Woods - Tired & Dirty
- Joe Louis Walker, Bruce Katz, Giles Robson - Journeys To The Heart Of The Blues
- Joe Flip and Tony Cuchetti - Tin Can Tunes

Journey to the Heart of the Blues wins in 2019

Thank you to everyone involved with this 2019 BMA Acoustic album of the year. Bruce, Giles, and I could not have completed this project without the many individuals who lent their support. Thank you family, friends, fans, Alligator Records, The Blues Foundation, engineers, artists, musicians. You all know who you are.


10 live tracks filmed in LAS VEGAS. Go to for more info. COMING THIS MAY

Journeys To The Heart Of The Blues - Nominated for 2 bma’s

Thanks to everyone who was a part of the making of this project, along with those who voted it in to this year’s BMAs. If you haven't heard it, listen now! If you have and enjoyed it, consider supporting it and VOTE!

Acoustic Album - Journeys To The Heart Of The Blues 
Album of the Year - Journeys To The Heart Of The Blues

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December 5th is Officially Joe Louis Walker day in Watsonville

Thank you Watsonville CA. for officially making every December 5th Joe Louis Walker Day in your beautiful little city. Keep the BLUES alive out there.

Journeys to the Heart hits #1

Thanks to the labels, V2 Munich & Alligator, the fans, my fellow musicians, and all the folks that we have been fortunate enough to get to work with.

For your efforts, we thank you - JLW & ROBIN 

Across the great divide

A benefit concert for the Americana Music Association & The Blues Foundation featuring John Prine, Bob Weir, Lucinda Williams, Lee Ann Womack, Doyle Bramhall II, Shemekia Copeland, Larkin Poe, Joe Louis Walker, Tash Neal and very special surprise guests.

All proceeds will benefit the Americana Music Association and the Blues Foundation.

A new project headed your way

Alligator Records to release Journeys To The Heart Of The Blues in North America, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. It's a dynamic new acoustic album from three of the blues' best players. Together, Grammy-winning guitarist, vocalist and Blues Hall Of Famer Joe Louis Walker, virtuoso pianist Bruce Katz and next-generation British harmonica ace and bandleader Giles Robson take listeners on a musical tour of beautifully played, soulfully sung traditional blues.

Photo by Mickey Deneher

Filming in progress

The band and I are teaming up with Cleopatra Records August 2nd at Boulder Station Hotel & Casino to film a live set. If you are in the VEGAS area that day. Come out and be a part of it all. We WILL be bringing our A game. See you soon out there.

Excited to announce that I am officially an ambassador of the Buddy Holly Education Foundation 

Click the link for more information about this incredible organization.

Photo by Steve Sunderland.


JLW is proud to announce that he will be hitting the road in the US this Spring with Blue Mountain Artists

Take a moment and click over to their web page and see their IMPRESSIVE roster -

USA - Blue Mountain Artists
BMA Tours

Phone: 704.525.1559
Photo by: Mickey Deneher

Excited to get back in the studio last month ... 

Everybody Wants a Piece has been a great ride. Thank you to everyone, friends / family / fans for the support over the last couple years. The album traveled far and wide. I am forever grateful. 

But. It is time for something new. The writing never really stops. Sit tight. New music is just around the corner.

it is an HONOR to be a part of the album topping the BLUES Billboard Charts right NOW

Walter Trout's album "We're All In This Together" is making waves right now ... featuring artists like John Mayall, Joe Bonamassa, Randy Bachman, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Sonny Landreth, Warren Haynes and more

take a moment to listen to CRASH AND BURN - just a little something WALTER and I put together 

I'm very happy to be a part of these great projects. Thanks to the great artists for including me. JLW

Severn Records announces an October 6 release date for The Last Shade of Blue Before Black ... “Had anyone told me in 1978 that in 2017 I would still be traveling around the world and playing with the Blues Brothers’ Band, I would have said they were out of their minds,” says “Blue Lou” Marini. “But, amazingly here we are with a new CD and still playing all over the world. This album is a true labor of love and I’m so proud of the organic way it came about. We really wanted to honor our history and to include some of our favorite musicians that we’ve worked with and loved over the years. We have the legends, Eddie Floyd and Dr. John, plus our original band leader, Paul Shaffer and the great bluesman Joe Louis Walker.

AUGUST 3 in Tunica Mississippi - Night of the Living Legends with the Jus` Blues Music Foundation ... Honored to add this as a stop on the tour -

JLW - Willie Dixon Lifetime Songwriters Award Picture
Outstanding Contributions to Traditional Blues

Just nominated for the 2017 Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar) !!!

Would like to THANK Living Blues, our label, the band, TTA, Robin,Zemaitis, Jim Dunlop Guitar Products, RedPlate Amplifiers, & THE FANS ... ALWAYS an honor
- GO TO TO VOTE for all your favorites - Click the Vote icon on the right hand side of the page

Won it back in 2015 ... Who knows, lightning can strike twice ... Right? Thanks everyone

Throwback to the 1980's Cold Is The Night

JLW in Beijing 

We were happy to have met so many people who were excited to see us perform in China. They were very knowledgeable, interested and appreciative of our music and culture. Many people from all over the world call Beijing home. Quite a few feel that Blues music captures the public's imagination and attention in a unique way. Our goal is to continue to help bring that to fruition. We thank everyone at the Blue Note Beijing for bringing us over, and in turn, for bringing the Blues to so many new ears. We look forward to returning soon. 

Thank you people of Beijing, China. You were so gracious to us and our music - Joe Louis Walker

Looking forward to September 6, 2017

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A Benefit Concert For The Blues Foundation

feat. William Bell, Shemekia Copeland, John Sebastian, Ruthie Foster, Eric Krasno, Bill Sims, Bob Margolin, Scott Sharrard, Joe Louis Walker, Marcus King, Tash Neal, King Solomon Hicks, Danny Clinch, Chris Scianni

Musical Director: Jimmy Vivino - House Band: Will Lee, Danny Louis, Leon Pendarvis, Shawn Pelton, Bette Sussman, Jerry Vivino, Erik Lawrence, Earl Gardner



Great picnic with Robin Poritzky-Walker, Murali Coryell, Will Gorman, Ian Segal, Greg Jackson, Mick, Clementine, Lenny Bradford, Byron “Kidd” Cage, Gabe, Rick Estrin, Dino Baptiste, Lucas, & Popeye.

Basil Charles, Samantha Goodluck, & I couldn’t make it because we were busy working to make sure the Mustique Blues Festival runs smoothly … The response has been GREAT! Thanks also to the new state of the art venue on Bequia for hosting us last weekend. We are here till FEB 2 & have a gig on St. Vincent this weekend.

THANK YOU AGAIN to everyone, friends, musicians, Mick Jagger &The Rolling Stones for continuing to show the support BLUES music DESERVES.


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.