JOE LOUIS WALKER
Joe Louis Walker was born on December 25, 1949 in San Francisco. At the age of 14, he took up the guitar. Just two years later, he was a known quantity playing blues on the Bay Area music scene. For a while, he roomed with Mike Bloomfield.
In 1975, burned out on blues, Walker turned to God, singing for the next decade with a gospel group, The Spiritual Corinthians. When the Corinthians played the 1985 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Walker was inspired to embrace his blues roots again. He assembled The Boss Talkers, and throughout the 1990s merged many of his gospel, jazz, soul, funk and rock influences with his trademark blues sensibilities.
Joe Louis Walker has played with with a diverse group of artists including Jimi Hendrix, Branford Marsalis, Lightning Hopkins, Tower of Power, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Ike Turner and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown.