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"Powerful, soul-stirring, fierce and gritty. A legendary boundary-pushing icon of modern blues." –NPR Music

"Fine and fierce…gritty gutbucket blues, joyous Stones-style rock and aching R&B." –Billboard

"Commanding and wide-ranging blues-rock…sheer passion and defiant authenticity." –Living Blues

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  • Audio CD (24 Feb 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alligator
  • ASIN: B00HNKBBNU
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,712 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hornet's Nest
2. All I Wanted To Do
3. As The Sun Goes Down
4. Stick A Fork In Me
5. Don't Let Go
6. Love Enough
7. Ramblin' Soul
8. Ride On, Baby
9. Soul City
10. I'm Gonna Walk Outside
11. Keep The Faith

Product Description

Mojo Blues Album Of The Year 2014 (No.6). In 2013, when The Blues Foundation inducted award-winning blues master Joe Louis Walker into The Blues Hall Of Fame, the recognition was humbling. "I am honored to be in the company of the great artists already inducted," Walker said at the time. "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." 'Hornet's Nest' was recorded in Nashville and produced by songwriter/drummer Tom Hambridge (producer of James Cotton's Cotton Mouth Man, Buddy Guy's Grammy-winning CDs Skin Deep and Living Proof, as well as albums for Susan Tedeschi, George Thorogood 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. According to Walker, the album, with Tom Hambridge at the helm, was a joy to make. The band-Hambridge on drums, Reese Wynans on B-3 organ and piano, Rob McNelley on guitar, and Tommy MacDonald on bass-pushed Walker to deliver his absolute best performances. "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. Tom made everything exciting."

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Feb 2014
Format: Audio CD
I’ve seen Joe live a couple of times and he was OK without being outstanding, which was also my view of his last Tom Hambridge-produced outing “Hellfire” from 2012. However, this new record, also produced by Hambridge, goes off with a bang right from the start courtesy of the Stones-style title track, closely followed by the similar rocking “All I wanted to do” – with its added brass. And Joe also covers the old Stones’ song “Ride on baby” to great effect bringing it bang up to date. It’s not all rocking though, there is lots of variety here from the raw slow blues of “I’m gonna walk outside” with its biting Elmore James-style slide guitar to the melodic 50s rock and roll of “Don’t let go” and the 60s soul funk of “Soul city”.

I criticised “Hellfire” for not having enough good songs but this album is full of excellent tracks and is really well-produced, with Tom Hambridge also playing drums alongside bassist Tommy MacDonald, Reese Wynans on keyboards and second guitarist Rob McNelley. This band follow Joe all the way to provide seam-less backing for every track, perfectly matching every style and mood from the closing atmospheric soul ballad “Keep the faith” to the down-home blues of “Love enough” and on the 'psychedelic' blues “Not in Kansas anymore” they even sound like the Who! Full marks to Joe and Tom for making such an outstanding record that rocks but also has lots of energy, variety, humour and also a real blues feeling that is right up there with anything from new kids on the block such as Gary Clark Jr.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Geordie on 18 Nov 2014
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A. Brilliant Album. By. A. Top. Bluesman
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Excellent album full of energy, variety, humour and real blues feeling 25 Feb 2014
By G. E. Harrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I’ve seen Joe live a couple of times and I thought he was OK without being outstanding, which was also my view of his last Tom Hambridge-produced outing “Hellfire” from 2012. However, this new record, also produced by Hambridge, goes off with a bang right from the start courtesy of the Stones-style title track, closely followed by the similar rocking “All I wanted to do” – with its added brass. And Joe also covers the old Stones’ song “Ride on baby” to great effect bringing it bang up to date. It’s not all rocking though, there is lots of variety here from the raw slow blues of “I’m gonna walk outside” with its biting Elmore James-style slide guitar to the melodic 50s rock and roll of “Don’t let go” and the 60s soul funk of “Soul city”.

I criticised “Hellfire” for not having enough good songs but this album is full of excellent tracks and is really well-produced, with Tom Hambridge also playing drums alongside bassist Tommy MacDonald, Reese Wynans on keyboards and second guitarist Rob McNelley. This band follow Joe all the way to provide seam-less backing for every track, perfectly matching every style and mood from the closing atmospheric soul ballad “Keep the faith” to the down-home blues of “Love enough” and on the 'psychedelic' blues “Not in Kansas anymore” they even sound like the Who! Full marks to Joe and Tom for making such an outstanding record that rocks but also has lots of energy, variety, humour and also a real blues feeling that is right up there with anything from new kids on the block such as Gary Clark Jr.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Really Joe and Tom?? 10 Mar 2014
By Brian Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Let me say this. JLW is a fine guitarist and singer but this is a rock wanna be record. I am 46 years old and spent my young years in Chicago hearing and meeting all the legends. Mr. Hambridge is messing with a true talent and getting poor results. Studio musicians can rarely produce a cohesive blues record. Time on the road is a must. Have you heard Rhythm and Blues by Buddy. Same BS. I love JLW but this is one of his weakest records. Very disappointed. Hope to see him on the road though.
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Classic JLW 2 April 2014
By Bill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
JLW has many different styles and most appear somewhere on this disc. The title track is an outstanding example of his higher energy playing and vocals. "As the Sun Goes Down" is equally good but in a bluesy way. Overall this is another great effort from Joe Louis Walker.
JLW-Hornet's Nest 10 July 2014
By Rae - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It was ok...I didn't get the feel I was expecting from his music/
real sweeet rockin blues 15 May 2014
By Timothy Landry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Some very nice modern blues with an edge at times and some soul soothing sounds too. great energy! I highly recommend.
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