Joe Louis Walker is indeed a Witness to the Blues. It’s been said that only B.B. King has taken the blues further, and to more destinations, than Walker. With the release of Witness to the Blues, Walker proves to be just as vital as ever, continuing to redefine blues in the 21st century, just as he has throughout the past four decades.
Producer Duke Robillard is a major contributor to this project, bringing out the best in Walker. The result is a disc that recalls the heyday of the famed Stax label; a hard-edged collection of blues that finds Walker performing acoustic, electric and slide guitar, as well as several harmonica solos.
Backed by a band that includes Robillard on guitar, Jon Ross on bass, Mark Teixeira on drums, and a horn section comprised of Doug James, Bruce Katz, and Scott Aruda, Walker once again continues to be a defining force in American blues music. While the traditional tunes may be the most instantly recognizable, Walker’s original material, such as “Midnight Train” and “I Got What You Need,” are traditional classics in the making, sure to be studied by students of the blues for many decades to come.