The blues, above all genres, seems to produce a profusion of hidden legends, undiscovered gems, lost and found major talents, nearly-weres and should-have-beens and reputations made after years of penury and obscurity. Now, most of this is just the real-world travail of the musician, any musician; but some of it seems to come from the heart of blues mythology itself. These are exactly the kind of hard-luck stories that blues musicians always celebrate in song.
Blues guitarist Joe Louis Walker has his creds in order. He was a close friend, bandmate and roommate of the doomed Chicago/San Francisco blues legend Mike Bloomfield. After Bloomfield’s death, the scared-straight Walker walked right away from music, enrolling in university and earning degrees in Music and English. Walker resumed his blues guitar career in the mid-‘80s and continues, and is now rated quite highly as an underrated master of the field.
Like most guitarists of his generation and from his milieu, Walker adds Hendrixian excitations to his blues. If 2012’s Hellfire is any indication, the passion still burns bright in Joe Louis Walker. Walker appears at the Falcon in Marlboro on Friday, March 1.
On Saturday, March 2, the Falcon welcomes in Soñando, the premier Latin band of the Hudson Valley and beyond. The doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the music begins at 7. The Falcon is located at 1391 Route 9W in Marlboro. For more information, visit www.liveatthefalcon.com.