Joe Louis Walker

Blues Hall of Famer Joe Louis Walker made some great albums in the late 1980s, when he worked with Robert Cray's canny production team of Bruce Bromberg and Dennis Walker (no relation). The guitar slinger's new, "Hornet's Nest," is a lot more rockin', bombastic and hit-and-miss than those early JLW sessions. But the ambitious "Hornet's Nest" does have its considerable charms, including a raucous party number called, "Soul City," the rather psychedelic and blues-free "Not In Kansas Anymore," and a heartfelt gospel-pop/neo-soul ballad, "Keep The Faith." And Walker hits a double and a home run with a couple truly unexpected covers -- Jesse Stone's oft-revived ancient rock'n'roll gem, "Don't Let Go," and especially The Rolling Stones' classic, "Ride On, Baby." Never a U.S. hit, "Ride On, Baby" only ever reached the charts in the U.K., in a cover version by Chris Farlowe. Could it be an FM radio favorite now? Tom Surowicz

Price: $25

Where

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

1010 Nicollet MallMinneapolis, MN

When

Date: Ended 03/7/14

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