Phillip Walker — The Critics' Choice

It is a fact worthy of note that in the 45 years Phillip Walker has been "on the road" playing music and having reviews and articles written about him, he has never received a bad review or a "pan". The reasons for this are obvious. The music is great! Everyone who has ever been fortunate enough to hear Phillip in person knows it. As Ezra Pound was considered a "poets' poet", Phillip Walker is considered a "musicians' musician".

These are some of the things that people have written about Phillip Walker:

"With all due respect to B.B.King, Phillip Walker has been the true King of the blues for the last 20 years."

West Coast Blues Review

“The real king of the Blues of the 1990s. Long a major Blues figure overseas Phillip is long over due for major Blues stardom here as well.”

The Wisconsin Blues Society

"Phillip Walker showed his audience what blues was all about. (...) the blues veteran played with style and confidence of a master as his playfulness injected his downhearted blues with an uplifting feeling, his music has evolved from his bayou beginnings into modern West Coast Blues. His work is powerful and heartfelt."

Anchorage Alaska Daily News

"Mr. Walker is a respected bluesman specializing in revved up gospel-style blues and swamp-rocking R & B"

Arizona Daily Star (Tucson)

"His energy is incredible, his playing immaculate."

Blues Club (ENGLAND, SCOTLAND)

"Assured and compelling, Phillip Walker's no-nonsense straight ahead blues is powered by his razor-edged guitar and smooth-as-silk vocals."

Blueprint

"On a recent trip to the States I had the privilege of witnessing the Phillip Walker Blues Band (...) outside Washington, D.C. He was billed as 'West Coast Blues Master', and rightly so. (...) the most wonderful blues singing and guitar playing. Walker has got to be one of the most underrated musicians around. Phillip showed he too was a very capable harp player (...). I cannot recommend him enough."

David Crossan in:
Blues News (GREAT BRITAIN)

"Phillip Walker (...) a blues legend, brings a hot all-star band to town. (...) he's got a really great voice. That was his music we played on the TV ad."

John Yurt in:
Burrelle's (Florida)

"Phillip Walker has a high-energy approach and a love for up-tempo variations on the blues. (...) he's got one foot in the modernist camp...his smooth, string-bending techniques are fired out with rough-toned aggression. Walker's singing has been compared to early Ray Charles. (...) his voice is more than adequate to do justice to the emotional range of his music."

Chicago Critic's Choice

"Sweet and tantalizing Louisiana/ Delta and West Coast Blues sound. His simple sophisticated phrasing in the ranks of B.B.King, Albert Collins and Freddie King."

Chronicle & Pilot, Crested Butte, Colorado

"Walker’s L.A. Blues is a force to be reckoned with."

Edmonton Journal (CANADA)

"Walker is a veteran bluesman who has influenced the younger music of Robert Cray and Joe Louis Walker. His mastery of difficult tempos is reminiscent of T-Bone Walker."

El Correo (SPAIN)

"Phillip Walker plays guitar with the genius of Chuck Berry."

El Diario, Santander (SPAIN)

"Great all star band."

Foundation for the Advancement of Blues

"He is one of those rare musicians who effortlessly blend influences from these three regions (Louisiana, Texas and California) into a style that is distinctly his own."

Front Row Center

"Phillip Walker is the reigning blues musician of the American West Coast."

Gaildorfer Bluesfest (Germany)

"Phillip Walker is a brilliant guitarist and singer. His intimate falsetto tones mixed with two saxophones gives a fresh feeling to the blues of Texas and California."

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"Gut wrenching perfection, Phillip Walker is one of the 10 most important blues guitarists living today."

Guitar Player Magazine

"Walker’s playing style can be described as leaning toward Rhythm & Blues, and blues and Jazz. It's got a different rhythm, called Texas shuffle, and Walker is a versatile guitarist."

Jefferson (Scandanavian Countries)

"Phillip Walker added to the excitement when he grabbed his guitar and sat in at the Pioneer Club in Los Angeles."

Jake & Elwood Review (Rome, ITALY)

"Walker is a convincing singer and a brilliant guitarist, capable of dominating diverse genre, he offers interesting views of life and occupies a front line position in contemporary blues."

Jazz et Blues (FRANCE)

"A date to remember."

Jazz Journal, Blues Journal

"Phillip Walker has some good fresh material on a note of that refined melancholy which he seems to personify."

"... intelligent creative bluesman."

— Tony Russell in:
Jazz Magazine

"... one of the most versatile figures on the Los Angeles Rhythm & Blues Circuit.

Living Blues Magazine
(University of Mississippi & Worlds Oldest Blues Publication)

Roy Greenberg, "... well dressed country gentleman struts about the stage, threading tasty guitar leads to his impassioned vocals."

John Anthony Brisbin, 1997

"'Working Girl Blues' superbly showcases Walker's sophisticated style of playing and singing."

Myrna Loy Art Center (Helena, Montana)

"Phillip Walker is among the very finest contemporary blues singers and guitarists in the country. He is a stunning guitar player (...) a must to see."

Oregon, Bandon newspaper

"... if he could only be heard he would easily find himself a huge national audience."

Penthouse Magazine

"Guitarist Phillip Walker wails 'Working Girl Blues'."

Jonathan Takiff in:
Philadelphia Daily News

"I've never been able to figure out why Phillip Walker isn't better known, in fact why he is not a big star. Hopefully people will be awakened to the fact that he's arguably as talented a musician-songwriter-singer as any of the people he's worked with. He displays a wide range of styles. Give him a listen."...

Lee Poole in:
CD Reviews — Phoenix Blues Society, (Blues News)

Robert Cray calls Phillip Walker "one of the major influences of his career."

Rolling Stone Magazine

"Phillip Walker is a fine artist who consistently delivers high quality soulful vocals and expressive guitar. (...) good solid blues by one of the most consistent artists around."

Roots & Rhythm Newsletter 106

"Steeped in the tradition of soulful Texas blues. (...) global appeal for his music (...). Walker's band jumps with all the power and electricity of contemporary big city blues."

Santa Barbara Blues Society News & Revue

"Walker's been at it a long time and has never received anywhere near the recognition he deserves. (...) certainly his recorded output has been worthy stuff. He should be a major figure in Blues music"

Southland Blues

"Walker blends blues, soul, and funk in 'Someday You’ll Have These Blues'. (...) he sings with a fresh enthusiasm."

Stockholm Blues Society (SWEDEN)

"Phillip Walker and Lowell Fulson are living legends."

Trouw (HOLLAND)

"With a career spanning four decades, (...) Phillip Walker is one of the unsung heroes of the blues."

Vail Colorado Daily

"Phillip Walker may seem understated but his clean precise guitar always enters at just the right spot in the horn arrangements."

Robert Hicks in:
The Villager (New York City)

"Walker's debut with Blacktop is the 14th Album featuring his music, (...) showcasing his prowess and feel for music from all of the regions of his history, from Louisiana swamp-blues to Texas and Chicago shuffles to Los Angeles jump and swing."

Vintage Guitar Magazine (Bluenotes)

"His playing mixes Gulf Coast rawness with an urban urgency. No hand-me-downs, those Walker blues, (...) he is clearly his own man. His solos inherently swing and his tone alternates between a sweet jazz fullness and a biting attack. His voice, too, is distinctive, an often raspy baritone, he is earthy and expressive."

Washington Post

"(...) a quiet legend."

Wichita Eagle

"Guitarist Phillip Walker has as impressive a pedigree as he does a resume. Get in on this well-kept blues secret."

XS Magazine

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