The wisdom and soul of the blues welded to the attack of rock, with Walker’s powerhouse voice and stinging guitar work setting the tone. Nine new originals, plus cool new versions of The Rolling Stones’ “Ride On, Baby” and Roy Hamilton’s “Don’t Let Go.” From raucous rockers like the title track and “Ramblin’ Soul” to the deep down blues of “Stick A Fork In Me” and “I’m Gonna Walk Outside,” Joe Louis Walker creates vital, modern-day roots music like no other. “Powerful, soul-stirring, fierce and gritty. A legendary boundary-pushing icon of modern blues” – NPR
Joe Louis Walker Guitar and Vocals Tom Hambridge Drums, Tambourine, Percussion and Background Vocals Reese Wynans Piano, Wurlitzer Piano...
Joe Louis Walker Guitar and Vocals Tom Hambridge Drums, Tambourine, Percussion and Background Vocals Reese Wynans Piano, Wurlitzer Piano and Hammond B-3 Organ Rob McNelley Guitar Tommy MacDonald Bass
Muscle Shoals Horn Section on "All I Wanted To Do": Charles Rose Trombone Jim Horn Saxophone Vinnie Ciesielski Trumpet Ray Walker, Curtis Young and Michael Black Background Vocals on "Don't Let Go" and "Keep The Faith"
Produced by Tom Hambridge
Engineered by Nick Autry at Sound Stage Studios, Nashville TN Assistant Engineer: Justin Francis
Additional Recording: Brian Harrison at The Rendering Plant, Nashville TN Michael Saint-Leon at The Switchyard, Nashville TN
Mixed and Mastered by Tom Hambridge and Michael Saint-Leon at The Switchyard, Nashville TN
Photos by Michael Weintrob Design by Kevin Niemiec Alligator logo by Michael Trossman
Thanks to Berniece Walker, Hardy and Germaine (Lil G), Lena Walker, Robin Poritzky-Walker, Lenny (L.B.) Bradford, Jo Jo Russo, Alligator Records, Bruce Iglauer, Tom Hambridge, The Thelonious Monk Institute, The Blues Foundation, The Basil Charles Foundation, Gibson Guitars, Quilter Labs & Amps, Cara Guitars, Louis Amps, Dunlop, Intrepid Artists, Bob Gordon, Beverly Green, all the musicians, writers, engineers and technicians who made this record possible. And most important—to all the music lovers who've supported the music in the past, and continue to do so, THANK YOU.
In memory of Magic Slim, Michael Burks, George Duke and Bobby Blue Bland