11 Songs, 53 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

tbluesh2 ,

bound to receive many accolades and award nominations

Great Guitars was the first Joe Louis Walker CD I ever purchased. By then (1997), he already had an impressive array of releases available. Now fast forward to 2012. Over his 27-year career, Walker has released 24 albums including the 2010 Album Of The Year Blues Music Award for Between A Rock And A Hard Place (Stony Plain). Hellfire – his first release for Chicago’s Alligator Records – was produced by songwriter/drummer Tom Hambridge (producer of Buddy Guy's two most recent Grammy-winning CDs, Skin Deep and Living Proof, as well as albums for Susan Tedeschi, George Thorogood and others). Here, Hambridge performs drums and percussion while renowned Reese Wynans contributes piano and B3 organ.

Hellfire reflects the full spectrum of the blues genre and is rooted firmly in blues, gospel, R&B and rock. The disc’s 11 songs are predominantly original and come baring modern rhythms which are upbeat and catchy. There is a Hendrix influence that is noticeable on the title track and the two gospel songs are joyous stomps with sweet backing vocals that tread where only angels can go.

It’s early in the year, but this disc is going to be difficult to beat. Hellfire is bound to receive many accolades and award nominations. No wonder Blues Revue called Walker "one of contemporary blues' most dynamic and innovative musicians, who releases consistently exciting music."

klix works ,

what a find!

Heard "Hellfire" on BB King blues station on Sirius.. and glad i did this is a fine recording.. and you can pick Reese Wynans right out..
thank you Mr. Walker !!!!

barking dog ,

hats off

hats off to Joe Louis Walker and alligator records this is the spirit of playing the BLUES good stuff

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