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Editors’ Notes

The eclectic San Francisco blues singer and guitarist travels all his avenues on this album. The title track is a funky morality tale that draws on Walker's gospel background. "Repay My Love" is a smooth soul heartbreaker featuring Walker's clean-toned guitar trading phrases with his molasses-and-ashes voice. "Uhh!" is a shuffle with a hammering horn section, a six-string solo that ricochets between the single-note styles of B.B. King and Buddy Guy, and a couple of Walker's trademark falsetto whoops. And "My Real Fantasy" is a sweet love song, full of flashy little filigrees picked out by Walker and former Muscle Shoals session man Jimmy Johnson, who plays on four numbers. Produced by Stax Records legend Steve Cropper, this album is strictly journeyman blues. But there are few journeymen as musically adept or versatile as Walker.

Customer Reviews


Creative song writing and great guitar playing . JLW is a must see live .! He's a real Bluesman


Born: December 25, 1949 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Without a doubt one of the most exciting and innovative artists gracing contemporary blues, guitarist Joe Louis Walker has glowed like a shining blue beacon since the release of his 1986 debut album for HighTone, Cold Is the Night. The disc announced his arrival in stunning fashion, and his subsequent output has only served to further establish Walker as one of the leading younger bluesmen on the scene. Joe Louis Walker is the total package, as tremendously assured on a down-in-the-alley acoustic...
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