The son of blues-loving Southerners, San Francisco native Joe Louis Walker started playing guitar as a child. By the age of 16, he was the house guitarist at The Matrix, where he opened for or sat in with the likes of Lightnin’ Hopkins, Thelonious Monk and Jimi Hendrix as they toured through the Bay Area. In tandem with his skills on guitar, Walker has established himself as a respected singer-songwriter with an instantly recognizable voice who continues to explore the genre’s possibilities. Lately, he’s shown an interest in acoustic blues and, in January, recorded the album Journeys to the Heart of the Blues with pianist Bruce Katz and harmonica player Giles Robson. Walker brings his decades of experience to The Grey Eagle for an 8 p.m. show Friday, Aug. 24. $18 advance/$20 day of show. thegreyeagle.com. Photo by Marilyn Stringer
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