July 15, 2017

Joe Louis Walker is true blues.

The man is always trying to get the word out about his favorite music.

"Blues has never been promoted like pop music," said the guitar powerhouse, who with his band will play The Egg's outdoor stage Wednesday at noon in a free concert.

Walker, who has released 25 albums since his 1986 "Cold is the Night" debut, said blues artists' competition includes rock big shots who decide to share their blues influences. Their big names attract big crowds.

"If Aerosmith makes a blues record or the Stones make a blues record, then it's pop-worthy for promotion," said the 67-year-old Walker, who will play just outside The Egg's main entrance as part of the venue's "Made in the Shade of the Egg" series. "When John Mellancamp found his blues roots, when Cyndi Lauper found her blues roots ... it goes on and on and on."

Walker is not bitter about the set-up.

"If you're in the trenches forever, you're just a blues artist and we understand that," he said in a telephone interview....

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