Joe Louis Walker
Blues of the Month Club
by Don Brown Sr.
The Blues Internet
Las Vegas Jazz n' Blues
Las Vegas Blues
From the opening notes of Booker T and the MG's "Green Onions," you knew it would be a great night at the Railhead with Joe Louis Walker. Early into the set he dedicated B.B. King's "Rock Me Baby" to his friend and one time roommate, Mike Bloomfield. Bloomfield was most famous for his guitar work with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
Next up for Walker was the classic "Mannish Boy." During the line "I'm a man" he faked showing his manhood to the crowd. He then picked up his harmonica, stepped off the stage, and fooled and worked his way around the room. By the end of the first set he had the audience firmly in his grasp.
The second show kicked off without their guitar player who may have got sidetracked in the casino. Only in Vegas! When the guitarist finally arrived, Walker invited bluesman Leon Blue up on stage. Leon played for years with blues legend Albert Collins. He remained for two numbers and displayed what a great keyboard player he still is.
After Leon Blue left the stage local blues disciple and musician Dennis "Monk" Andriaccio was invited to play harmonica. I've seen Monk around Vegas many times in the last few years. And anyone who saw him last year at Sunset Station's Amphitheater, with a Muddy Waters Tribute Band knows that boy can play. Even sharing the spotlight with guests the show was still all Walker's as he shined bright with his stellar guitar and harp work.
The last song of the night was dedicated to Albert Collins as Leon Blue and Mrs. Collins looked on. A fitting closure to a wonderful evening of music. Joe Louis Walker showed how to blend the old-like Mannish Boy with the Blues of the Month Club. We'll all waiting for a return engagement.
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