Saturday, January 31
Knickerbocker All Star Band
Westerly, RI legendary musical venue gathered many of
their talented alum last year and put out an outstanding
recording. Tonight, drummer Bob Christina will lead The
All Stars for an evening of rockin' jump blues sound
with horns. Lineup includes: Bob and Fran Christina
(Fabulous Thunderbird) Drums, Bob Worthington bass,
Willy J. Laws guitar & vocals, Brian Templeton harp &
vocals, Sugar Ray Norcia harp & vocals, Mike O'Connell
guitar/vocals, JP Sheerar vocal, The Cadillac Horns -
Doc Chanonhouse, Rich Latille, Bobby Breeze and Dennis
Cook. What a reat lineup for their CD Release Party. Come dance the night away.
8 pm $15
Friday, February 13
Joe Louis Walker
BLUES HALL OF FAMER JOE
LOUIS WALKER BRINGS HORNET'S NEST TO WOONSOCKET!
"Powerful, soul-stirring, fierce and gritty. A
legendary boundary-pushing icon of modern blues." --NPR
Blues Hall Of Fame member, world-class guitarist,
passionate vocalist and gifted songwriter Joe Louis
Walker, touring in support of his latest Alligator
album, HORNET'S NEST, will perform at Chan's in
Woonsocket on Friday, February 13, 2015. Walker is among
the greatest bluesmen of his generation, and is known
worldwide as one of the genre's top musical trailblazers
-- a mesmerizing guitarist and soul-testifying vocalist.
On his dynamic new CD, HORNET'S NEST, Walker's music is
equal parts rock 'n' roll fire and blistering blues.
Concert information is as follows:
HORNET'S NEST was recorded in Nashville and produced
by songwriter/drummer Tom Hambridge (producer of James
Cotton's Grammy-nominated Cotton Mouth Man, Buddy Guy's
recent Grammy-winning CDs and Walker's previous CD,
Hellfire). HORNET'S NEST -- featuring 12 songs,
including nine new originals -- blends Walker's
boundless energy and his myriad influences into a
contemporary blues tour-de-force. His always-inventive
guitar playing is matched note-for-note by his fervent
vocals. From menacing, hard rocking electric blues to
cool Memphis funk to R&B rave-ups to Sunday morning
gospel, Walker's blues -- fierce and untamed,
adventurous and fun -- continue to define the genre.
The band -- Hambridge on drums, Reese Wynans on organ
and piano, Rob McNelley on guitar, and Tommy MacDonald
on bass -- pushed Walker to deliver his absolute best.
"It comes through loud and clear," Walker says. "If I
don't believe it, nobody is gonna believe it. And ain't
nobody is gonna listen to it or buy it."
Walker picked up the guitar as a child, and by 16 was
regularly backing touring blues artists rolling through
town. He was the teenage house guitarist at San
Francisco's famed musical playground The Matrix, where
he played with or opened shows for everyone from Jimi
Hendrix to Thelonious Monk. The blues legends Walker
accompanied shared not only musical knowledge but also
their personal wisdom with the teenage up-and-comer.
Fred McDowell, Ike Turner, Albert King, Freddie King,
Lightnin' Hopkins and others taught the youngster.
Inspired by these masters, Walker developed his own
fiery, melodic and unpredictable guitar attack.
Walker met legendary guitarist Michael Bloomfield in
1968 and the two became fast friends. Bloomfield helped
push Walker's blues in a more rock-fueled direction, and
he became the biggest early influence on Walker's sound.
From 1975 to 1985, Walker performed nothing but gospel
music. In 1986, after Walker returned to playing the
blues, Hightone Records released his debut CD, Cold Is
The Night. Firmly rooted in blues, gospel, R&B and rock,
the album caught the attention of music fans around the
Before joining Alligator Records in 2012, Walker had
released 23 albums and toured the world virtually
non-stop. He has garnered four Blues Music Awards (and
has been nominated 52 times) and holds an international
reputation as one of the blues' most prolific and
talented stars. He's also recorded as a guest with some
of the blues world's best-known artists, including
appearances on Grammy-winning records by B.B. King and
His Alligator debut, Hellfire, took the blues world
by storm in 2012, receiving the Living Blues Critics'
Award for Blues Album Of The Year. The Chicago Tribune
said, "His playing is ferocious. His solos spin wilder
and wilder with the kind of fierce embellishments that
Jimi Hendrix might've conjured." The success of the
album helped land Walker and his band on TBS's CONAN.
In 2013 The Blues Foundation inducted Walker into The
Blues Hall Of Fame. "I am honored to be in the company
of the great artists already inducted," Walker said. "I
hope to live up to the honor." Joining the ranks of
previous inductees including B.B. King, Hound Dog
Taylor, Koko Taylor, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Etta
James, Howlin' Wolf and other blues greats while still
at the peak of his musical powers, is, as Walker says,
"a dream come true."
8 pm $20