Joe Louis Walker
and the Boss Talkers
by Don Brown Sr.
The Blues Internet
Las Vegas Jazz n' Blues
Las Vegas Blues
Gathering new fans everywhere he goes, San Franciscan Joe Louis Walker made a recent stop at the Railhead in Las Vegas. He was last seen at Boulder Station in February of 2001.
Walker soloed on an instrumental and Gene, his keyboard player, followed suit. "Let Your Hair Down," a T-Bone Walker classic, lead into "I Wanna Love." A Charlie Patton song was played as Joe Louis walked around the crowd playing his harmonica. "Girl It's You," a Sunnyland Slim song, gave the crowd another shot of classic blues. The song "747" ended an exciting first set.
The band returned minus Walker, so Levy Lloyd sang "Big Boss Man." Drummer Star Jones did a good job singing "Early One Morning." Lloyd fronted again on "Little Red Rooster," and added some great guitar licks to this classic tune.
Joe Louis returned for a spirited "I Like It That Way." "Geno's Junk Blues" kept the crowd begging for more. Bassist Robert Watson stepped up the rhythm on the classic "Rocket 88" as the evening came to a fitting end.
Photography by R.J. Bianchino copyright © 2001-2003 Moondog Productions
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