Updated Sep 2009


The Hope Tavern continues to attract top Blues artists from around the world with this week's appearance of Jake Walker as one of only four UK gigs before major tours in Italy and Holland. Jake appeared at the same venue on his first UK tour in April 2008.

A New York City based blues guitar player, singer, band leader, and song writer, Jake Walker is a growing presence on the international blues scene. Jake is a soulful master in the art of the blues drawing upon influences from the best and has been likened to the greats such as Freddie King and Peter Green.

Indeed Alligator Records star Lucky Peterson said that Jake was "one of the baddest cats ever to pluck a guitar" and during one of his visits to mainland Europe visits a review in the Dordrecht News, in the Netherlands, said "he strikes crowds with blues fever".

Jake has recorded with some of the great names in modern music including Lucky Peterson, Nick Gravenites (Electric Flag, Big Brother and the Holding Company and late of the Allman Brothers Band), and the splendid Little Milton.

The USA based Big City Rhythm and Blues Magazine voted him "Artist of the Week" late in 2006 and Capelle Radio describes his style as "a goose bump epidemic".

He leads several bands, in the U.S., Netherlands, France, and U.K. Jake's unique and powerful take on the blues has been turning heads, and winning new fans on several recent tours across Europe. His first studio album, "Confidence Man", produced and mixed by the legendary Elliot Mazer, features some of the best blues musicians on the planet. Recorded live in the studio, the album reflects some of Jake's eclectic influences: Stax, gospel, funk, Chicago blues, New Orleans R&B, Texas blues, and even a "surf" instrumental.

Jake's precise and emotive style will please any fans of Blues guitar and his appearance at the Hope Tavern on Sunday should be an experience not to be missed.

Take a sneak preview at the bands web page on www.myspace.com/58lespaul