Saturday, May 23, 2020

Joe Louis Walker and Shirley King Invite Friends Along To Help Them Play The Blues

Veteran blues artist Joe Louis Walker will be releasing his latest work titled "Blues Comin' On," on June 5th through Cleopatra Records. Joe also invited some friends along to help him out with his new album. Walker kicks off his new twelve song release with "Feed The Poor," which is a strong, guitar jammy song, as Walker and fellow guitarist Jorma Kaukonen (Hot Tuna) put their talents on display on this sonic, up-tempo blues track. Guitar prodigy Eric Gales (Raw Dawg) helps out with the vocals and guitars on the more laid-back acoustic/electric approach of the title song "Blues Comin' On."  Jesse Johnson (The Time) adds his funky guitar style to Walker's energetic dance track "The Thang," before Joe Louis Walker delivers that nostalgic, Chicago blues-style of "Old Time Used," supported by Grammy-winning blues artist Keb Mo. Fellow veteran blues artist Mitch Ryder takes the lead vocals on the classic R&B flavor of "Come Back Home," while Carla Cooke (daughter of Sam Cooke) sings her sultry little heart out on the duet ballad "Awake Me Shake Me." Joe Louis Walker finishes his new album with English guitarist Albert Lee lending a hand on the blues/rock vibe of "Seven More Steps," along with a fun, high-energy closing cover of Love's "7 & 7 Is," featuring American guitarist Arlene Roth and led by singer Charlie Harper. To find out more about Joe Louis Walker and his latest release "Blues Comin' On," please visit cleorecs.com.

Also arriving in June, is the new album from singer Shirley King, daughter of the late, great B.B. King. Her new album is appropriately titled "Blues For A King" and shines a light on her amazing vocal talents. On this album, she performs some traditional blues and classic rock numbers with the help of some special friends. The album begins with none other than Joe Louis Walker lending a hand on guitar on "All My Lovin'," while Duke Robillard steps in to turn Traffic's "Feelin' Alright" into a soulful blues romp. Shirley King calls on legendary guitarist Pat Travers to turn "That's Alright Mama" into a blistering, house-shaking rock attack. She brings us back to the blues with a spot-on cover of Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home," featuring guitarist Martin Barre, then we turn to the dark side of the blues with the traditional tale of the "Gallows Pole," with Harvey Mandel helping out. Shirley King closes her new album with the dream team of Junior Wells and Joe Louis Walker performing "Hoodoo Man Blues," along with Steve Cropper adding an elegant touch to the Etta James classic "At Last." To find out more about Shirley King and her latest release "Blues For A King," please visit cleorecs.com.

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