Joe Louis Walker and Duke Robillard Score Big Wins At Blues Awards
Joe Louis Walker joined the Edmonton-based record label three years ago after making some 18 albums for a variety of other companies. His award-winning CD puts a spotlight on the powerful crossroads where the blues and rock meet on common ground. Between a Rock and the Blues has been described as a breakthrough; a testament to the truth of Muddy Waters' assertion that "the blues had a baby and they called it rock and roll."
Duke Robillard has been a mainstay for Stony Plain for many years. Known as one of the most active international "road warriors" — he plays as many as 250 dates a year and has performed in more than 30 countries — he is a versatile guitarist who has contributed some 16 albums to the Stony Plain catalogue. He has also produced CDs for the label for numerous other artists — including both Joe Louis Walker's albums for the label.
Robillard's repertoire touches almost every variant of the blues genre, from rockin' r&b (his latest CD is called Stomp! the Blues Tonight) to two stellar duet albums with the late jazz guitarist Herb Ellis. He has completed a new album for Stony Plain, which will be released in early summer.
Holger Petersen, who heads Stony Plain (and is nationally known in Canada for his long-running CBC Radio programme Saturday Night Blues), was in Memphis with Maria Muldaur, another Stony Plain artist. Muldaur was to unveil a plaque honouring jug band pioneer Gus Cannon in W.C. Handy Park today.
Said Petersen: "I can't say how important Joe and Duke are to our label; to see them honoured with Blues Awards is a fitting tribute to their remarkable talents."