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John Earl Walker's band are veteran performers whose electric blues are very well received. Over the years, its members have made appearances on the same bill or played with Jimi Hendrix, BB King, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Bo Diddley, John Mayall and many more. The band has been together for many years; two of the members date back to their time as Capitol recording artists "Plum Nelly."
Their recent recordings have had airplay in North and South America, Australia and several European countries such as France, Spain, Russia, Belgium, Slovenia, The Netherlands, Poland and the UK.
John Earl Walker, the founder, lead guitarist and lead vocalist of the band, took up the guitar at age thirteen. Shortly thereafter, John began forming his own bands to play at local gigs. He also started writing his own music and lyrics, a practice he continues to this day, writing the majority of the material performed by the current band. By age sixteen, John was playing professional gigs in clubs with older bandmates. John cites Freddie and Albert King, T-Bone Walker and Majic Sam as his main influences as he developed his own unique style. John has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with many well know artists during his career, including Muddy Waters, B B King, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy, John Mayall and many others.
Bass guitartist John Murphy initially joined up with Walker when "Plum Nelly" moved to Los Angeles in the mid Seventies. John's second stint with Walker was from '79 through '83. He rejoined The John Earl Walker Band in 2001.
Drummer Bobby Infante first crossed paths with John Earl Walker in the mid Eighties when Bobby's group "The Housepainters" and Walker's band the "Safecrackers" played numerous gigs together. Bobby has played with Muddy Waters and Pinetop Perkins. He has been with the Walker band since 1990.
The John Earl Walker's band currently have two CD's available, including their most recent CD I'm Leavin' You, which contains ten new Walker originals. They are excited about the new release, which has already received airplay in the US and on several internet and International radio stations.
Walker released I'm Leavin' You which features fewer band members, but doesn't lose any of the band's muscular sound in the process. Walker's outstanding fretwork is still the catalyst,but there are some pretty good songs on this disc as well, including the title track, "My First Guitar,"
"Second Hand Man," "I Put You First," and "The Last Time."
Fans of blues/rock in the Hendrix/SRV vein will want to give this fine disc a listen. Its available at the band's website,www.johnearlwalker.com.
Graham Clarke -- Blues Bytes.com -- July -- 2005
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