When they’re serving up chicken and waffles at Funk ‘n Waffles, everybody wants a piece. Everybody Wants A Piece is also the name of Joe Louis Walker’s current record, recently nominated for a 2017 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. His own nomination follows previous recognition, as he has contributed both his songwriting and guitar playing skills to Grammy winning recordings by B. B. King and James Cotton. The album, produced by Paul Nelson and released October 9, 2016 on Provogue Records through the Mascot Label Group, is available here.
Joe Louis Walker is a San Francisco native who quickly gained expertise and notoriety, playing in a club’s house band at 16, touring with B. B. King at 19, and opening shows for innumerable blues and rock music legends at the famed Fillmore West for promoter Bill Graham.
Walker, also a Blues Hall of Fame member, brings his band to Syracuse Thursday night for a performance at Funk ‘n Waffles, 313 South Clinton Street. It should be an exciting evening and a full house, as Syracuse native Byron “Kidd” Cage is Walker’s drummer. NYSMusic will be there, with a review and photos to follow.
Doors open at 8:00 and the show begins at 8:30. Tickets are available through Ticketfly or at the door ($20/$25).