Instead he's got a cult following who knows just how tremendous he truly is.
Having seen Walker several times at BB Kings already, I knew exactly what I was in for- an eclectic mix of not only blues but everything in between from Chuck Berry covers to Peter Green rock tunes to songs with a rockabilly edge. There's nothing the man can't play and he manages to do it effortlessly yet passionately.
Add guitar ace Jimmy Vivino from the Conan O'Brien Show to the mix and it was that much greater.
With a set clocking in at 90 or so minutes, Walker and Vivino's take on While My Guitar Gently Weeps was probably- with maybe the exception of Prince's- the greatest version I've EVER heard. It was THAT moving.
Not only is the man a world class player, his vocals are strong, and his band is tight. He's somebody that shouldn't be missed and he returns to the very same stage at BB Kings September 6 for a Blues Foundation benefit with an all-star line-up that includes Dion, Sam Moore, William Bell with the house band led by Vivino. That is a charity deserving of support.
Opener Felix Cabrera is a harmonica virtuoso, excellent vocalist, and quite the colorful and funny character to boot. He wails on each and every number, the band is topnotch, and deserved far more than the forty minutes the club allotted him. He performs at Lucilles inside BB Kings on August 10th- don't miss him; you'll thank me for the lead.
All in all this was a great night of the blues and more. Bravo to all these tremendous players and the venue for keeping the blues alive.