Lyrics are being posted in the myspace blog,
Airport Blues, The World's A Prison, and Backdoor Romance are now there;
John Earl used his 59 strat on all tracks except, "The World's a Prison" where he used his Gibson - 67- ES-335.
John Earl Walker Biography by Al Campbell All Music Guide
Guitarist, lyricist, and vocalist John Earl Walker became enamored with the blues at age 13, after being exposed to records by legendary guitarists of the genre such as Albert King, Magic Sam, T-Bone Walker, and Freddie King. By his 16th birthday, Walker had already begun playing guitar at local events and in clubs whenever possible. In 1967 he formed the blues-rock band the Plastic People, which included bassist Pete Harris and guitarist Joey Tremelo. Three years later Plastic People changed their name to Creedemore State, then to Plum Nelly when they signed with Capitol Records in 70 and recorded one album for them in '71, they gained national exposure opening shows for B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Alice Cooper, and Iggy Pop, to name just a few. The Plum Nelly lp is now a very rare and sought after collectors item! Following the breakup of Plum Nelly in 1976, Walker formed the first of several incarnations of the John Earl Walker Band. Walker then released his debut CD, I'm Leavin' You, in 2002, followed by Little Miss Perfect and People Are Talkin' two years later. All three discs are available on the New York-based Walkright Records label. John Earl Walker's band consists of veteran players who are gaining world-wide acceptance playing festivals, and through extensive internet, and terrestial radio airplay. John toured Australia in 2006, playing with many of the top players down under. John Earl Walker, and Peter Harris were both original members of Capitol Records recording artists Plum Nelly.
Now his greatest album "Come Over Here" is here, dont miss it thats all I can say.
Here's what some happy customers said about this CD:
Wow.........One of the best CD’s I ve ever heard.....amazing …hot hot hot!!
· Happy customer Yvonne Wilburne NYC
Love you guys! Todd Montgomery, Georgetown, Texas
I have this cd - and I LOVE it!! Congratulations to YOU!
from Carla in Oregon
Awesome CD! His best yet. There are no weak songs. Every song grabs you right away. Some great guitar solos too!
· Kenny Thomas, NYC
`I just can’t stop playing this album. I’ve been listening to it all day. It rocks! John Earl Walker should be a millionaire when this is released'.
Ricky Gonzales, NYC
Amazon ***** Customer Reveiw;
I'd Give this more stars if I could !!! "ROCKIN' THE BLUES", November 13, 2008
By terry sknary (hollywood)
This review is from: Come Over Here (Audio CD)
this is the 4th release for the "J.E.W.band,,& by far the best.. the others are great too.. Lots & lots of string bendin' electric guitar..not TOO much singin.just Rockin' the blues. check out the reviews on myspace or cdbaby.com Everyone loves this guy,,lets' support these under known great artist's who can bring such pleasure to our ears... [find & hear sound bytes & you will buy ]
6 String GuyThis review is from: Come Over Here (Audio CD)
John Earl Walker - Come Over Here
I love this CD! This is my first CD from Johnny Walker but it will not be the last for sure. Can he play the guitar or what? Absolutely smoking hot licks that churn and boogie in a most excellent fashion. But wait - there's more. He can also write good tunes! The vocals aren't much in the way of actual singing, more spoken than sung but they work very well.
There are two instrumentals in the set that are great but actually the least interesting to me. The rest of the songs are killer. Top tracks for me were The Showdown with a great guitar solo, My Last Goodbye which features a vocal duel with his dissatisfied woman over a great guitar line and moves into a similar vein to Otis Reddings' song Tramp, Airport Blues where he watches his baby fly away and decides to go after her, Backdoor Romance where he goes home from a club with a cute blond and finds that her ex comes a calling and Poor Boy Blues which tells the story of poor boy struggles and temptations. Simple story lines but very effective and all supported by fantastic guitar and a very tight band featuring Tommy Keys on keyboards (he really shines on Poor Boy Blues). Did I mention I love this CD?
How this guy has escaped critical acclaim and fame for over 40 years is a mystery to me but let me assure you this is the real deal for fine blues rock. I very rarely play a CD twice in a row due to the huge pile of unplayed discs waiting to be played in my collection but I listened to this 3 times in a row before deciding to move on. Outstanding modern blues rock and I will be looking up his other recordings pronto!
`This album is up there with the best. A great mix of tunes. I love every track. John Earl Walker has to be one of the best guitarists around in this blues/rock style'.
J. Yelland, NYC
`John Earl's guitar really rocks!
Sam Marcus, NYC
Here's what some Radio presenters say about `Come Over Here'
`Excellent work...If you like John Earl Walker's last CD's you'd better grab this one!'
Power Radio International,&
Southern Fried Sounds Radio both on i-tunes,
Love your killer guitar tones man!
San Leandro, Ca.
This is a truly great CD!
With lots of radio potential.
Thank you so much John Earl Walker!
Michel Dubois,,CKRL-fm 89.1
Rue D'Auteuil, Quebec
John Earl Walker has a new CD, always good news here at Roots Time because his previous CDs on the Walkright label "I'm Leavin’ You", "Little Miss Perfect" and “People Are Talkin” were not enough for us. Now there's his latest which we have extra early, just before the release date we have received it. John Earl was busy with the blues from the sixties. He had been listening to the music of the three Kings, T. Bone Walker and Magic Sam and developed the taste for it and decided that this was what he wanted to do. At thirteen he began playing guitar and in 1965 was professionally involved with music. This resulted in the creation of the band Plastic People in 1967, a group which later changed its name to Plum Nelly, and the group signed with the Capitol label releasing an LP With some success, The band opened shows for many artists including BB. King, Muddy Waters, Iggy Pop and Alice Cooper. The Plum Nelly LP is now a highly sought collector's item! Although this new CD “Come over here” was recorded under his own name. It features the musicians who surrounded him for years. ie; bassist Peter Harris (who also played with Plum Nelly) and rhythm guitarist Slinky Tremelo. The CD opens with "Tess's Shuffle," an instrumental shuffle in the best Texas-style, recalling SRV's guitar talents. In the funky tune “The Showdown" Earl shows ready qualities as a singer, but the guitars steal the show! The title track "Come Over Here" swings and rocks. “My Last Goodbye” is a nice duet with Essie The Blues Lady, a musical squabble so to speak, with sharp guitar riffs by John Earl pouring oil on the fire so that eventually they both explode! "Airport blues" is a stunning original blues, a style that John Earl Walker is so good at. Fast guitars, loosely played from the wrist played with the greatest ease and expertise then are heard in the wonderful "The World’s A Prison", a shuffle at its best. What a guitarist! The Earl changes to a medium pace in the blues-rap "Poor Boy Blues", another hit. There is a great variety of tempos and styles on "Come On Over". To finish, as it started, :is a solid, well-oiled sounding instrumental shuffle "Night Walker".
Without a doubt this is his best so far…a guitarist and songwriter who in fact deserves to be a much more familiar name and Id like to have him and the band live on one of our Belgian stages! Please, will you "Come Over Here" John Earl?
“Come Over Here”
CD review by Mladen Loncar
Here is another great album from John Earl Walker. The first version of John Earl’s band were formed out of the ashes of Capitol recording artists Plum Nelly who broke up in 1976 after relocating from New York to LA.
This latest album “Come Over Here” has caught the attention. of many blues fans. It is a truly great album which has been released through John Earl Walker’s own Walkright Records. .
For those who are unaware of John Earl’s previous recordings here they are;
“I’m Leavin’ You” Orchard 2003
“Little Miss Perfect”, Orchard 2005
“People Are Talkin”, Orchard 2005
“Come Over Here” Walkright Records 2008
John Earl Walker is not an unfamiliar name in America. He has been making music since turning professional in the mid 60’s and he and his band have a wealth of experience. Guitar fans will love this album for the clean and exciting guitar passages and steady grooves.
I think that many radio presenters will simply love this album! Fans also will be amazed at how good it is. I couldn’t hide my own enthusiasm! On “Come Over Here” John Earl sounds exactly as we all want him to, strong’ exciting and unique! The band really have their own sound throughout but the two instrumentals are really inspired and highlight the talents of all the musicians.
Here’s the list of musicians who recorded this excellent album:
John Earl Walker lead guitar, vocals,
Slinky Tremelo Rhythm guitar
Peter `The Whale’ Harris , bass, backing vocals
Bobby Infante Drums
Gene Cordew Hammond B3 organ
Tommy Keys Piano
Essie The Blues Lady Vocal duet on My Last Goodbye
This album should bring John Earl Walker the status and recognition he deserves. It sounds even more powerful and energetic than John Earl’s previous album “People Are Talkin” The album is easy to appreciate and the band are very tight throughout.. John Earl Walker mixes rock’n roll influences with rhythm and blues and pure blues.
John Earl is a complete musician, a vocalist, guitarist and composer bringing new energy to the blues. The artwork for the album is very appealing too.
Perhaps better than any recommendations are the quotes expressed by some of the best known blues masters:
"What part of the South are you from?" B B king
"Just keep on playin' the way you do" Buddy Guy
"Love the way you guys rock them blues" Big Jack Johnson.
as well as guitar wizard Jimi Hendrix who said;
"This kid can really play"!
The liner notes by Tess Coleman sum it up well:
“Come Over Here” is the fourth album from John Earl Walker and in my opinion the best. John and the band have served up ten scorchin’ original tunes. The styles range from hard hitting rockers to slow blues, classic rock and funk.
I definately recommend this album!
There's a lot to like about John Earl Walker's new album Come Over Here!. To my mind it's his best yet. Ten original tracks with a good balance of material on the CD, both fast, slow and a couple of instrumentals as well.
A part of an artist being able to distinguish themselves from the crowd is to develop his/her own sound. John Earl Walker has gone a long way to achieve this, on this CD. A slow blues song about leaving, "Airport Blues", one of my favourites and a style he does so well. 'The World's a Prison', a philosophical comparison of rich and poor bounces along with a tinge of jazz and John's laid back vocal style complementing the groove. 'Poor Boy Blues' another slow tune about the down and out almost sung in a narrative style, but gets it's message across without being pretentious . But don't get me wrong, there are up-tempo blues rock numbers on this CD as well, case in point is the closing instrumental track 'Nightwalker'.
All in all, a good balanced and playable CD from this New York based Blues-Rock artist."
5EFM Victor Harbour, South Australia
With no exception - the albums made by John Earl Walker are lively, with catchy songs
and appealing to both rock- and blueslovers. With his recognizable guitar sound
combined with talking vocals you can easily pick him out. So, he's a regular on the Blue Ears Blues
JC Hans / Blue Ears Radio
The new album from the bluesman. John Earl Walker" is out! and how!. For
me,this is his best album to date. Its no secret of John's immense talent
as a songwriter and vocalist, but for me, he has earned the right to "Wield The Axe" in this his newest album, titled 'Come Over Here'. The album has some fiery licks for some fat shuffles, a couple of gutsy instrumentals, and a slow blues just to bring you back down again.
Mix in a great band, and he's got us covered for one of the "Great Rock"N"Blues"
albums for 2008.
Recommend it? Bloody Oath I Do.
HOT FM, Mildura, Victoria