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“A legendary, boundary-pushing icon of modern blues” —NPR
Joe Louis Walker, a Blues Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Blues Music Award winner, celebrates a career that exceeds a half a century. His new album Journeys to the Heart of the Blues cements his legacy as a prolific torchbearer for the blues. It’s a dynamic new acoustic album from three of the blues’ best players. Together, Grammy-winning guitarist and vocalist Joe Louis Walker, virtuoso pianist Bruce Katz, and next-generation British harmonica ace and bandleader Giles Robson take listeners on a musical tour of beautifully played, soulfully sung traditional blues. It’s been nominated for two Blues Foundation Blues Music Awards, for Acoustic Album and Album of the Year.
Throughout the 1990s Joe Louis Walker and his Boss Talkers merged gospel, jazz, soul, funk, and rock influences with his trademark blues sensibilities on recordings released by Polydor/Polygram. These albums feature Walker’s collaborations with a diverse group of first-rate artists including Branford Marsalis, James Cotton, Tower of Power, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Ike Turner and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown.
Walker is considerd a living legend, and cares deeply about the future of the blues. He says, “I’d really like to inspire younger musicians to carry on the legacy of blues/roots music. Play, and do it your way. Don’t be afraid to mix it up. There’s no right, or wrong way. Just the way you wanna express yourself. And above all, ENJOY YOURSELF.”
“One of the truly great voices of our time.”– PBS Australia
“Missy Andersen proves beyond a doubt that she’s the real deal.”– Washington Blues Society Bluesletter
“…Vocal magic that lights up the night.”– Southland Blues Magazine
Missy Andersen and her accompanist/husband, Heine Andersen, perform as Missy Andersen and Her One Man Band. A charismatic performer known for her expressive and earthy vocals, Missy Andersen received the coveted Blues Music Award nomination for Soul Blues Female Artist in 2015 and then again in 2016. Her sophomore album, In the Moment, received rave reviews from both critics and fans and ended up on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Albums. Raised in Queens, NY, Missy grew up singing along to the blues, soul, and gospel music of her parents and grandparents. These influences are evident throughout her recordings and live performances.