and his band are composed of veteran performers whose
electric blues are very well received world-wide. They have
played together many years, with two of the members (John
Earl and bassist Peter Harris) dating back to 1967. Peter
was with John Earl in Capitol recording artists Plum Nelly
and was onstage when they played at Carnegie Hall, opening
for the James Gang, on May 15, 1971. Leading up to signing
with Capitol Records they opened shows for every top act,
such as; Buddy Guy,
Dr. John, John
Fleetwood Mac, and many other luminaries.
Walker, 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 as evidenced by
the forty two original tunes penned by Walker on his four
studio CD releases. By age sixteen, John was playing
professional gigs in clubs with older band mates. John cites
the three Kings (BB,
Freddie) along with Chuck
Berry as his biggest influences as he developed his own
A great day for John Earl was in December of 1975, when John
Earl was asked to film a pilot playing guitar with BB King
for channel 9 KHJ in Los Angeles called "Backstage Pass."
Harris played bass guitar with Walker during 1967 in an
early seven piece guitar band Plastic People, then in Plum
Nelly and in many other Walker lineups.
Joey Tremelo, rhythm guitarist, was also part of Plastic
People. Joey reconnected with Walker again in 1978 and he
has remained with him to this day.
Gene Cordew pumps up the Walker sound on the Hammond B3
organ. Gene first joined up with Walker in 1995 and has
played on all of Walkers CDs. Gene was a member of Little
Buster And The Soulbrothers for many years, opening shows
for BB King, and Johnny Guitar Watson Watson.
Frank Diorio is the drummer in Walker's current band line
up. Frank has played with Felicia Collins of The David
Letterman Show and in the 1990's he toured with comedian
Andrew Dice Clay. Frank's performance with Clay at Madison
Square Garden can be seen in the movie "Dice Rules." Frank
adds a tremendous dynamic power to the Walker sound.
Tommy Keys, the latest addition to the Walker lineup, is a
great artist in his own right. Keys is a dynamite
barrelhouse boogie and blues piano player and his
debut appearance with the band was on Walker's latest CD,
"Come Over Here". Tommy has opened for such acts as Bryan
Lee, and Smokin' Joe Kubec.
Walker's albums have all received tremendous reviews and
extensive airplay on both terrestrial and Internet radio,
worldwide. All over the globe, blues/rock lovers and guitar
freaks alike, love Walker's exciting emotional style of
string bendin', story tellin' guitar playing.