Jake Walker

Jake Walker


"A New Generation of Blues" Jake Walker will keep you entertained with his intense, seductive and masterful interpretation of the Blues. A musician on the up and up that you will be talking about long after his set is done!


Uninspired by classical guitar lessons at age 11, everything changed when Jake heard Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix the following year. Thus began a life-long obsession which has led him to back to the earlier electric and acoustic blues masters such as B.B., Freddy, and Albert King, Muddy Waters, Will McTell, Robert and Lonnie Johnson, Howlin' Wolf, and T-Bone Walker among many others. Soul, funk, and Jazz have provided lessons as well, with Steve Cropper, Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Nolen, and Django Rheinhardt being particularly influential. Jam band pioneers such as the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers also made a strong impression. Playing along with their recordings for countless hours, he learned to play by ear, absorbing every ounce of blues power he could, and expanding upon what he learned with a restless, seemingly boundless imagination for interpretation and improvisation.

Jake eventually caught the ear of veteran bluesman, JSP recording artist James Peterson, father of blues legend Lucky Peterson, at a late night St. Petersburg jam session. Having worked with countless blues greats during his fifty + year career, James paid Jake the immense compliment of immediately hiring him as his guitar teacher, and quickly added him to his regular band. Under James' employ, Jake cut his professional teeth the old fashioned way, working six nights a week in dive bars, clubs, and restaurants up and down Florida's Gulf Coast. Soon after, Jake also became Lucky Peterson's indispensible guitar-foil during the Dallas-native's frequent Florida excursions.

Jake Walker has performed or recorded with an impressive array of talent including Sarasota Slim, members of the Allman Brothers and Gov't Mule (the late Allen Woody, "Dangerous" Dan Toler, Bruce Waibel, and "Frankie" Toler), Shawn Brown (Al Green), Gary Brown, Rock Bottom, Bobby Radcliff, Howlin' Buzz, Hugh Pool, Magic Slim, Ominous Seapods, Ronnie Earl, Jerry Dugger, Blue Swamp, John Allen and the Cotton Gin Blues Band, Johnny Allen, Tammy Hatch, Andy Story, Cannon Quinn, (Scottish folk singer) Nigel Denver, Swamp Cabbage, Eddie Kirkland, D.W. Gill, Michael Hill's Blues Mob, Colin John Band, Mike Koch (Dickey Betts), Chris Anderson (Outlaws, Steve Stills) Jon Paris, Omni, Popa Chubby, Arthur Neilson (Shemekia Copeland), Greg Poulos (Freddie King), Bo Diddley, Jr., Jeff Ganz (Roy Buchanan, Johnny Winter Band), Shooky Bones, Rhino Rheinhart (Iron Butterfly, Second Coming), Dean Germain, etc.

Through relentless gigging, practice, and guest spots jamming with veteren players, Jake continues to hone his skills and has most recently taken them north to the Big Apple, where he is quickly establishing himself as one of NYC's most deeply gifted live blues performers. Every Sunday night he currently runs, sings, and plays at, the best and largest blues jam in the Tri-State area (January 2006). "Jake Walker's Sunday Night Blues Jam" at Roadhouse NYC (57 Murray Street, Tribeca, www.roadhousenyc.com ). He has performed in such NYC blues landmarks as Manny's Carwash, Chicago BLUES, TerraBlues, The Red Lion, and B.B. King's. Jake's Roadhouse jam attracts an international roster of blues greats and local heroes, including Danny Draher, Lucky Peterson, Speedo "Harmonica" Jones (Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones), Bobby Radcliff, Brother Dave, Hugh Pool, Sweden's Clas Yngstrom, and Northern Ireland's Rab MacCulloch, to name a few.

Set List

Tore Down
32-20 Blues
Personal Manager
Close To You
Cross Cut Saw
Leavin' Trunk
Hide Away
Laundromat Blues
Walking the Dog
She Caught The Caty
The Stumble
Killing Floor
I Got My Mojo Working
You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond
Heads Up
Messin' With The Kid
Cissy Strut
Just Pickin'
Goin' Down Slow
Rainy Day Women 12&35
It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
T-Bone Shuffle
Pretty Woman
Key To The Highway
Built For Comfort
Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat
Born In Chicago