Joe Louis Walker

Joe Louis Walker

By the time the San Francisco Bay Area had entered its blues renaissance in the mid-1980s, guitarist Joe Louis Walker had already been paying his dues for two decades. Merging the electric, urban sounds of West Coast and Chicago blues with the down-home acoustic traditions of the Delta, Walker never strayed far from what he calls "the real blues." In a career that spans more than 35 years, he's balanced tradition with innovation and made a significant mark on the evolution of the genre.

Walker led the tribute to B.B. King at the Kennedy Center... more