Blues Hall of Fame guitar player, Joe Louis Walker recently returned to Minnesota to play the Santiago Shakedown 15. He spent some time talking with John Drake about his more than 50 years playing blues and gospel music.
Walker looked back on his days working with the many notable blues legends while growing up in the Bay Area music scene of the 1960’s and 70’s. He calls himself a “tweener,” influenced by the blues legends and still able to pass the torch to the new wave of up-and-coming blues musicians.
Walker continues to push stylistic boundaries and tour extensively in support of his 2015 Grammy nominated album “Everybody Wants A Piece.” Additionally, Walker is promoting a new initiative, “Blues Against Racism, Blues for Love,” using the tools he has for peaceful resistance.