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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Provogue Records artist: Joe Louis Walker - Everybody Wants A Piece - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Everybody Wants A Piece, from Joe Louis Walker and it's explosive. Opening with title track, Everybody Wants A Piece, Walker is rockin'. Backed by Philip Young on keys, Lenny Bradford on bass and Byron Cage on drums these guys are rolling. Walker really cuts loose with voracious guitar riffs making this a kicker of an opener. Harp screaming opening on Do I Love Her sets the pace for this blues oriented rocker. A nice organ solo from Young and a solid bottom make this track tick. Buzz On You is a casual rock n roll track with some Chuck Berry flair. Walker takes his guitar for a cool rock drive with smooth vocal harmonies. Black & Blue is a solid radio track with a super hook, interesting guitar solo and ultimate guitar anthem soloing. Very nice! Funky rocker, Witchcraft has a cool fusion of blues, rock and jazz. With it's cool percussion, tight bass and snappy drumming singed by Walkers searing guitar riffs, this is one of my favorites on the release. Rumbling blues rocker, One Sunny Day pairs Walker's vocals with his lead guitar work for a particularly effective delivery. Rapid fire guitar riffs and soaring soloing tops off this track. The standout track on the release for me is Gospel Blues. Young sets up a real nice bed of gospel style organ work and Walker lays out some really nice razors edge blues riffs. He really shakes it loose on this track, demonstrating why he is known as one of today's top blues players. Excellent! Another of my favorites is classic, Wade In The Water with spiritual overtones but with a funky rock beat. Keeping a strong gospel feel with beautiful vocal harmonies, Walker infuses blues guitar riffs and funk. Very smooth! Man Of Many Words is a really cool track with a feel like it just came out of Muscle Shoals. Funky guitars, riding organ, snappy drums and bumpin bass highlight Walker's best vocal effort on the release. Strong based blues driver, Young Girl Blues has a real nice Texas lope. Walker plays slick and clean on this track showing how nimble his gingers can be on such swaggering track. A real nice keyboard solo centers the track and 50's style vocal harmonies give the track a unique character. Very nice! Wrapping the release is 35 Years, a stone boogie with Walker on slide. Keeping it stripped, Hooker style really propels this track making it an excellent closer.

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