Hornet's Nest

Hornet's Nest

by Joe Louis WalkerJoe Louis Walker


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Joe Louis Walker is the John Henry of the blues, a guy who works hard and isn't afraid to put his back into his music. Hornet's Nest is the man's tenth studio album since the dawn of the 21st century, and not a few journeyman bluesmen would be very, very happy to come up with a session this strong and diverse with twice the time to prepare. Walker and his band are in tight, ferocious form on Hornet's Nest, with Walker's blazing lead guitar work supported by Reese Wynans' rollicking keyboards, Rob McNelley's able second guitar, Tommy MacDonald's rock-solid bass, and Tom Hambridge's aggressive but tasteful drumming. The song list is eclectic, ranging from the hard-edged rock-leaning sound of the title cut, the psychedelic flourishes of "Not in Kansas Anymore," and the soulful, horn-fortified strut of "All I Wanted to Do" to the gospel-influenced moods of "Keep the Faith" and the down-home slide guitar showcase "I'm Gonna Walk Outside." And Walker's taste in covers is commendable, adding doo wop-style vocals to Jesse Stone's "Don't Let Go" and turning the Rolling Stones' "Ride On, Baby" into a roadhouse rocker whose twin-keyboard attack recalls Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band. Walker's vocals run to the rough side, but he never lacks passion and the touch of grit suits these tunes: he knows how to drive this band, resulting in an album that's rich, satisfying, and fresh despite its strong allegiance to traditional blues. (Drummer Tom Hambridge also deserves a shout-out for his production, which is powerful and well-detailed while also sounding natural and realistic.) Walker proves that there are still great barnstorming blues artists letting it loose in clubs and ducking into recording studios when they get the chance, and Hornet's Nest confirms that at the age of 64, he has an awful lot of life left in him.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/25/2014
Label: Alligator Records
UPC: 0014551495925
catalogNumber: 4959
Rank: 40363

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Louis Walker   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Michael Black   Background Vocals
Jim Horn   Saxophone
Charles Rose   Trombone
Reese Wynans   Piano,Hammond B3
Curtis Young   Background Vocals
Tom Hambridge   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,Background Vocals
Vinnie Ciesielski   Trumpet
Rob McNelley   Guitar
Tommy Macdonald   Bass
Ray Walker   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Joe Louis Walker   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Richard Fleming   Composer
Brian Harrison   Engineer
Keith Richards   Composer
Tom Hambridge   Composer,Producer
Michael Trossman   Logo
Nick Autry   Engineer
Michael Saint-Leon   Engineer

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