Alum Joe Louis Walker: the Blues Philosopher
Friday, March 13, 2015
TELEGRAM AND GAZETTE (WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS) -- A teen prodigy, Walker was house guitarist at famed San Francisco club The Matrix and a regular at the Fillmore West at its peak. In 1968, he met and became friends and roommate with guitarist Bloomfield, who introduced him to the likes of Sly Stone, Carlos Santana and Buddy Miles, who introduced Walker to Jimi Hendrix. From 1975 to 1985, Walker performed nothing but gospel, playing and singing as a member of the Spiritual Corinthians while attending San Francisco State, where he earned degrees in English and Music. In 1985, inspired by a Corinthians performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Walker returned to the blues and sent a tape to Hightone Records, which released his debut CD, “Cold Is the Night,” the next year. Since then Walker has been bringing the music of his life to people around the globe, putting off requests that he write down the story of his life and his philosophy of the blues.