Chicago-based record label Alligator Records has signed Grammy and W.C. Handy award winner Joe Louis Walker. His Alligator debut will be released in January 2012.
"Joe Louis Walker is one of the most exciting and passionate bluesmen of his generation,"' Alligator president Bruce Iglauer said in a statement. "He's a major talent whose music speaks to both blues and rock fans. We're excited to help bring his music to a larger audience than ever."
The feeling is mutual.
"Alligator has clearly been one of the most important blues labels of our time and I am proud to say that I am an Alligator artist. I look forward to being part of the Alligator family," Walker added.
In his 27-year career, Walker has released 24 albums and toured worldwide. He won four Blues Music awards (formerly the W. C. Handy awards), including the 2010 "Album Of The Year" award for "Between A Rock And A Hard Place," and has been nominated for 43 more.
He's also recorded as a guest with some of the blues world's best-known artists, including appearances on Grammy-winning records by B.B. King and James Cotton.