'Joe Louis Walker - Viva Las Vegas Live'
(Joe Louis Walker / DVD + CD / NR / 2019 / MVD Visual - Cleopatra Entertainment)
Overview: Grammy Award nominee and Blues Hall of Fame guitarist and singer/songwriter Joe Louis Walker and his band storm thru 10 smoking tracks live in concert at the Boulder Station Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
DVD Verdict: Taking it from the top, and for those not in the know, Joe Louis Walker is an American musician, best known as an electric blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer.
His knowledge of blues history is revealed by his use of older material and playing styles and he once had NPR Music describe him as "Powerful, soul-stirring, fierce and gritty ... a legendary boundary-pushing icon of modern blues".
Walker's career has spanned nearly six decades - and 24 studio albums - since first picking up the guitar at his childhood home in San Francisco at the young age of eight.
Joining the local musicians' union in his early teens enabled young Joe to perform publicly with the likes of John Lee Hooker, Buddy Miles, Thelonious Monk, Willie Dixon, Nick Lowe, John Mayall, Muddy Waters and even Jimi Hendrix.
By the late 1980s and into the 1990s, Walker had already collaborated with and performed with multi-Grammy Award winning artists such as B.B. King (on King's Blues Summit album) and James Cotton (on Cotton's Deep In The Blues album) as well as enjoying the rare honor to perform at the Presidential Inauguration of President George H. Bush.
In 2013, Walker was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, later being nominated in four categories for a Blues Music Award.
Showcasing all that knowledge and love for the Blues (and a heck of a lot more), out May 10th, 2019 via MVD Visual / Cleopatra Entertainment is the explosive sweatin' blues of Viva Las Vegas Live from the legendary singer/songwriter Joe Louis Walker and his band of merry men.
1. 'I'm Not Messing Around'
2. 'Young Girls Blues'
3. 'Sugar Mama'
4. 'Do You Love Me'
5. 'In The Morning'
6. 'Soldier For Jesus'
7. 'You Don't Love Me Girl'
8. 'Black & Blue'
9. 'Too Drunk To Drive Drunk'
10. 'Like It This Way'
From the very first track, the electric blues of 'I'm Not Messin' Around' on through to the down south rub of 'Sugar Mama' and the foot-stompin' brilliance of both 'Black & Blue' and 'Like It This Way,' the album is a quite majestic visual and audio experience.
The Hall of Fame guitarist, most often bathed under a lush purple spotlight or a mix of green and blue, is in fine form here as he lovingly brings forth his well-crafted lyrics ("You may be cute, you might be pretty. Your daddy might own about half of this city. You got a nice car, a fancy place. But you've got that crazy look all over your face") track after track.
Recorded and filmed live in concert at the Boulder Station Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, this stunningly captured live performance is one of the finest lie shows I've seen of this genre in the past few years.
Joe Louis Walker - Lead Vocal & Guitar
Bruce Bears - Piano, Organ & Vocals
Lenny Bradford - Bass & Vocals
Dorian Randolph - Drums & Vocals
Viva Las Vegas Live will be available on global digital platforms along with the home entertainment version that will be packaged in a gorgeous, four-panel, 2 Disc Digipack containing a DVD and audio CD of the concert.
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It will also be released as an incredible stand-alone, limited-edition colored 12" Vinyl LP version of the concert - again through the Cleopatra Blues Label imprint.
This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Bonus Features of an exclusive interview with Joe Louis Walker filmed backstage at the Boulder Station concert venue PLUS a rare behind the scenes Slideshow!
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