Joe Krown is one of the most notable and distinctive keyboardists in New Orleans, part of a great tradition that includes Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, James Booker and Professor Longhair. As the keyboardist in Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown’s band from 1992 until Gates’ death in 2005, Krown saw the world and shared the stage with Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Ike Turner, and countless other superstars. Krown keeps a busy schedule in New Orleans, with several house piano gigs a week and a weekly hit at the Maple Leaf with this phenomenal trio.
Joe Krown (Hammond B-3), Walter Wolfman Washington (guitar & vocals) and Russell Batiste (drums & background vocals) started playing together in March 2007. The trio has been performing weekly at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans, and has developed its own unique sound. Joe’s full-throated organ sound complements Walter’s soulful vocals and unique guitar playing, all tied together by the masterful drumming of Russell Batiste Jr.
The trio recorded and released a live CD, Live at the Maple Leaf (JK1003) in the fall of 2008. Live at the Maple Leaf captures the magic of these great musicians. The trio also won a 2009 Big Easy Award in the “Best Rhythm & Blues Band” category.
New Orleans icon Walter “Wolfman” Washington’s sound reflects the full range of music from New Orleans. He certainly can howl the blues, hence his nickname, but his musical talents have always defined pure Crescent City soul.
Russell Batiste, Jr. belongs to one of New Orleans’ most legendary musical families. Well-schooled on a number of instruments, he has been playing drums since age 4. Batiste has recorded and performed with The Funky Meters, Allen Toussaint, Robbie Robertson, Harry Connick, Jr. and many more.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
A killer collaboration between three of New Orleans’ greatest players!”Jan Ramsey, offBEAT Magazine