In the Morning

As a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Joe Louis Walker forges a distinctive sound with In the Morning, his debut outing for Telarc.

As a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Joe Louis Walker forges a distinctive sound with In the Morning, his debut outing for Telarc. Walker is a veteran artist whose appeal comes in part from his native feel for soul and gospel. The title track, a tune that instantly summons the infectious Stax R&B and the pop-gospel sounds of the 1960s, and the cool blend of blues and R&B on "Do You Wanna Be With Me?" highlight the ease with which Walker works these genres into one vibe. On the blues side, the record opens with "You're About to Lose Your Clown," a tasty, midtempo blues number, animated by a rolling bass line and a sharply phrased Walker guitar solo. Another definitive moment comes with his acoustic rendition of the country blues number "Strangers in Our House."—PVV
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