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"Powerful, soul-stirring, fierce and gritty. A legendary boundary-pushing icon of modern blues." –NPR Music

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 31, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • ASIN: B006BYX740
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,921 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With Hellfire, Joe Louis Walker takes his rightful place among legendary electric blues singer/guitarist/songwriters like B.B. King and Buddy Guy. The Blues Music Award winner has been releasing critically-acclaimed albums and touring the world since 1986. Produced by Grammy Award winner Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, George Thorogood, Susan Tedeschi), the blistering Hellfire is Joe Louis Walker's calling card for coronation.

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On his new disc, 'Hellfire,' Mr. Walker does again what he's done for so long, only this time with more clarity. Produced and mixed by Tom Hambridge, who oversaw recent solid albums by Buddy Guy and George Thorogood, 'Hellfire' presents Mr. Walker playing jump blues; slow, searing blues; Rolling Stones-style rockin' blues; electric country blues; Chicago blues that's Mr. Walker wailing on harmonica on ''I'm on to You'' and gospel blues featuring the Jordanaires, the vocal quartet that supported Elvis Presley. Mr. Walker's raspy, powerhouse voice is out front while his stinging guitar cuts through the uncluttered arrangements. He contributed three original compositions and worked with Mr. Hambridge and Richard Fleming on two other new tunes; another new one, the smoldering Hambridge-Fleming song ''What It's Worth,'' was earmarked for Bobby Blue Bland until Mr. Walker stepped in. The disc closes with a hot cover of Hank Snow's ''Movin' On.''

''...There's an appealing immediacy to 'Hellfire' perhaps because the sessions, with a core five-piece band, lasted all of two days. Much of the disc was cut live; Mr. Walker overdubbed his distorted guitar solo on the title track, a crackling jump blues that opens the album. The solo brings to mind Hendrix as well as contemporary shredders like Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. Said Mr. Walker, ''Just because it's a blues album doesn't mean you can't cut loose.'' --The Wall Street Journal

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Great music and reflects modern day but genuine blues.
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This is one of Joe Louis Walker's best efforts.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Weinstock VINE VOICE on February 4, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Joe Louis Walker recently joined Alligator's roster of artists and his first album for that label, "Hellfire," has just been released. It is produced by Tom Hambridge, who produced Buddy Guy's recent recordings. Hambridge also plays drums and contributes songs to this release. Of the supporting personnel, the only names I recognize are pianist and organist Reese Wynans as well The Jordanaires who contribute backing vocals on a couple tracks. Hambridge had a hand in the first five tracks here, while Walker himself added five new songs as well. Having been listening to Walker since his first release in 1986 "Cold Is The Night," he has produced a number of the best blues albums of the last quarter century. He certainly is passionate here, a term Bruce Iglauer uses in his liner notes, and there is much to enjoy, although not everything is perfect.

The album starts with the title track, a gospel-laced song with an impassioned vocal about avoiding the Devil's lure. He plays a blues-rock guitar solo with a nasty distorted tone sounding in the context of a blues performance as slightly less pleasant than that of a dentist's drill. It undermines the appeal of the otherwise fervent performance. The second track, "I Won't Do That," is a nice original with Walker singing about his faithfulness and that he won't cheat or let his woman down. Walker adds a searing solo here. "Ride All Night" sounds like a Rolling Stones' inspired rocker that Walker ably sings and plays. Walker picks up the harmonica for a rocking shuffle, "I'm On To You," about him knowing about the bad thing's his woman does. After some harmonica there is a crisply played guitar solo. "What's It Worth" has a nice lyric although it would have benefited from toning down the hard rock edges to the song's choruses.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tim Holek on February 2, 2012
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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."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carl Christensen on February 17, 2012
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That's how Joe Louis Walker described it today at his great show in Philly, and I'd have to agree. The sound on the record is a very updated rockin' blues, which I find very fresh in today's stale music "market." I think he touches on a lot of blues subgenres on this CD, while remaining modern & true.
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By dgc on April 24, 2014
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This is one of Joe Louis Walker's best efforts. If you like rollicking, rocking blues and guitar, you will love this CD. I have been a fan of Walker's for years, and like this CD better than the others we have. We also like them.
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By Reesa on August 29, 2013
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HELLFIRE IS A GREAT CD. JOE L.WALKER HAS BEEN AROUND FOR A LONG TIME AND HE IS SITLL AT THE TOP OF HIS GAME. SAW HIM IN FLORIDA AT A BLUES FESTIVAL IN FEBRUARY . HE DID MANY OF THE SONGS ON THIS CD. HE IS AWESOME TO WATCH AND LISTEN TO.
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By Phyllis on August 5, 2013
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GREAT CD LOVE IT, HE'S EVEN BETTER IN PERSON I SAW HIM LIVE. I LISTEN TO THIS CD OVER AND OVER AGAIN.
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Obviously Joe Louis Walker decided to attract more attention than Blues artist of his caliber deserves but eventually has bypassed him so far. And the toolkit for this revealed to be quantitative raise in attributes of the song, volume, speed, power etc.

Hellfire is an Alligator debut for Joe Louis Walker consisting of eleven tracks seven of which are written or co-written by Mr. Walker himself and are professionally packed and delivered to the listener (thus Tom Hambridge who has cut his teeth as a producer with such greats as Buddy Guy) with superb sound quality and arrangement.

Despite these marketing efforts, above mentioned decision played a role of sword of Damocles over the album. Overall impression is controversial. While guitar playing is eloquent as listener is already accustomed when Joe Louis Walker is at work, his singing is, softly said, slightly irrelevant. Efforts to reach new audiences, obviously mainly within rock societies (although album contains mid-tempo pop ballad "I Know Why") by producing over-pitched and approximated voice thus reviving gone rock heroes (attitude easily read in "Ride All Night", "Too Drunk To Drive Drunk") with a probable aim of commercial success sums in enduring experience of mostly unnecessary experimental pseudo-rock shouting although softened by a couple of religious songs.

Hellfire - rocky title for bluesy album.

Personnel: Joe Louis Walker (guitar, vocals, slide guitar); Ron McNelley (electric guitar); Reese Wynans (piano, Hammons B-3 organ); Tom Habridge (drums).

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