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Blues legend Joe Lewis Walker plays Daryl’s House in Pawling on Saturday

"Hornet's Nest," the latest album from blues legend Joe Louis Walker  packs a sting.

“Hornet’s Nest,” the latest album from blues legend Joe Louis Walker packs a sting.

If you’re looking for a way to heat up the coldest winter weekend in decades, Daryl Hall and the crew at Daryl’s House in Pawling, N.Y., have just the thing for you on Saturday night: Joe Louis Walker.

The 65-year-old Walker has an explosive, urgent style of playing and singing that makes him one of the most exciting blues players working today. And it’s no surprise, give he’s been at it since first picking up a guitar at age 8 — or so the story goes.

Walker isn’t one of the originators of the style, but he learned by working with some of the very best in blues, jazz, and rock — Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Thelonius Monk. and Jimi Hendrix, to name a few — and makes the most of his lessons.

Walker’s at his best when he’s playing pedal-to-the-metal electric blues, as on “Hornet’s Nest,” the title track of his latest album — his 24th release — which drops on Alligator Records on Feb. 25. His voice and guitar snarl in the best possible way on that outstanding track. “All I Wanted to Do,” on the other hand, is a loping, horn-filled showcase that sounds original and classic all at once. In “Don’t Let Go,” he mines a vein tradition that inspired artists like Elvis Presley so many years ago.

Like the hard-working bluesman that he is, he’s superb when he sounds like he’s sweating his way through numbers that bring his gritty, dangerous voice to the front. When he dials the vocals back a bit, as on “Ride On, Baby,” his strongest qualities begin to disappear, making him sound less distinctive. But even then, Walker’s energy and enthusiasm shine through

Walker, a 2013 inductee into the Blues Hall of Fame, is a real musical treasure. Daryl’s House (the former site of the Towne Crier) is a comfortable, homey place that should be a perfect showcase for Walker’s prodigious gifts. Catch him there if you can.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Joe Louis Walker in concert

WHEN: 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21

WHERE: Daryl’s House, 130 Route 22, Pawling, N.Y.; 845-289-0185

TICKETS: $20, www.darylshouseclub.com

Daryl Hall invites you into his house

Daryl Hall (Handout photo)

Daryl Hall (Handout photo)

And he might even be there to greet you

Daryl Hall and John Oates (the band, that is — the longtime bandmates really prefer that to Hall & Oates, which is pretty much what everybody calls the Philadelphia rock ‘n soul band), has been a going concern for four decades and shows no sign of stopping.

The men, who met at Temple University in 1967, have had their greatest success and achieved worldwide fame through their collaboration. But they’ve also carved out artistic niches separately. Oates tours regularly as a singer-songwriter with a strong repertoire of Americana-esque sounds.

Hall has done solo work, and plan more, but in the last 6 or 7 years he’s branched out in a different direction. He’s been restoring old houses and hosting parties for his musical friends. Both of them are the subject of TV shows. There’s the new “Daryl’s Restoration Over-Hall” on the DIY Network, which brings viewers inside his old-house obsession. And then there’s the long-running “Live From Daryl’s House,” started as a web-only show that’s now carried on the Palladia Network, that brings fans into the parties that Hall throws for his musical friends.

Hall’s interests got more complicated when he finished work on an old house in Millerton, New York, and moved on to a new project in Sherman, Connecticut a year or so ago. Somewhere along the way, Hall decided “LFDH” needed a permanent home. So he took over the former Towne Crier Cafe space in Pawling, New York, and remodeled it to look a lot like his Millerton place — if it were a restaurant and club.

Daryl's House club in Pawling, New York.

Daryl’s House club in Pawling, New York.

That’s how Daryl’s House club was born.

I talked to the other day for The Journal News/lohud.com.

He was pretty excited about the intimate space, which he inaugurated on Halloween with a Daryl Hall  & John Oates full-band show — dubbed Hall-oween & Oates, natch. At 68, Hall is going as strong as everl’

“I’ll be surprised” if fans ever get tired of  listening, he tells me. “I keep evolving and making things interesting, so I don’t think people are gonna get bored with me.”

Check out my conversation with Hall by going here now.