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"The Great Willy Mammoth CD prime Durst blues-rock-roots"

James's guest this week is London Music Hall of Famer Bill Durst.

After driving in from his St. Marys-area home, Durst sang and played River, the opening track of his new CD The Great Willy Mammoth. Durst, 57, is in prime blues-rock-roots-Durst form.

He launches The Great Willy Mammoth on Saturday with a 19-and-up show at the Music Hall Lounge, 185 Queens Ave.

The album was five years in the making, with perils and joys detailed on Durst's website. His old Thundermug bandmate Joe DeAngelis, as co-writer, helped Durst create the album's tunes, including the hilarious spoof autobiographical title track. The moods vary. Cafe on the Gaspe is just as much fun as River is serious.

The unplugged style Durst uses on the video is a little unusual for this London guitar hero. Still, all Mammoth songs were created by Durst and DeAngelis using an acoustic guitar.

Durst's guitar heroics can be traced to the June, 1966 night at the old London Arena when he heard Toronto's R&B soul masters the Rogues (or the Five Rogues and later the Mandala) with the Byrds as headliners. Rogues's guitarist Domenic Troiano blasted off a note using a fuzztone, something Durst had never experienced.

"It just screamed . . . (it went) right up my spine," Durst recalls. "Dammit, that's what I'm doing" Durst decided that night.

By the 1970s, Durst, DeAngelis, drummer Ed Pranskus and bassist Jim Corbett were in Thundermug, blasting out the hits. Years later, they briefly reunited for their induction into the London Music Hall of Fame.

"This is a 'do anything for the love of art' story. The musicians performances on the CD are beautiful, continuous, spontaneous and inspired. Thank you musicians and producer Darren Morrison," Durst says of the five-year journey to Mammoth's completion. - James Reaney - London Free Press

"Bill Durst - The Great Willy Mammoth (Durstwerks)"

Bill Durst may very well be the closest thing to a bona fide musical living legend that our sleepy would-be metropolis has ever seen. From international chart success with his truly amazing band Thundermug to the many solo albums he has issued since, he has never given over to posturing of any kind and has stood his ground firmly regarding his music, personal identity and independence. The Great Willy Mammoth is an impressive effort indeed, with Durst laying down fine and effortlessly sure performances with his gritty Rio Grande Mud vocals and bear-down-heard six-string work that will leave no doubt that the fire has not only definite not gone out herebut in fact may be heating up more than a degree or two. Recommended. - Rob Nicholson - Scene Magazine

"Bill Durst Band - The Wharncliffe Sessions (Indie)"

For years, or more accurately decades, Bill Durst has been considered by many to be Southwestern Ontario's most accomplished guitar player. Durst gained national attention in the early days of Canadian rock as the lead guitar player and songwriter for Thundermug, who are best remembered for the single, Africa, which he co-wrote. The Wharncliffe Sessions is a rock-blues guitar album that features classic tunes most guitar players know, but few would dare record. If you are going to release a recording of so many familiar tunes, you'd better be an exceptional player, and Durst is exactly that. His versions of Little Wing and Voodoo Child are worthy of comparison to the originals. Durst's slide-guitar playing on Statesboro Blues is right on the money and his version of ZZ Top's, Tube Snake Boogie is a keeper: Drummer Ted Peacock and bassist Paul Loeffelholtz deserve mention for providing exciting support as well as keeping the grooves fresh. The Wharncliffe Sessions is a very strong debut by three of London's most accomplished musicians. - Christopher Michaels - Scene Magazine


The Great Willy Mammoth (CD) (CAN) - 2009 - Durstwerks - Bill Durst
The Wharncliffe Sessions (CD) (CAN) - 2005 - Durstwerks - Bill Durst Band
Singles - Jenny's In The Gin, I Am The Man Of Constant Sorrow
The Funky President - Raven - 1999 - Thundermug, Single (CD) (Very Rare)
Bang the Love Drum (CD) (CAN) - Raven - 1997 - Thundermug, Single - You (Released to radio only)
Who's Running My World? (CD) (CAN) - Raven - 1994 - Thundermug,
Singles - Blue Water, She Said, Who's Running My World? (Released to radio only)
Father Earth (Full Album) (CAN) (Cassette) - Cottage - 1989 - Bill Durst
Call Billy (LP) (CAN) - Passport/Falcon - 1983 - Bill Durst
Singles - My Girlfriend, Call Billy, Eiffel Tower (45s)
Thundermug Singles - All 45s, released between 1974-6 (CAN) that never appeared on albums:
Love Is
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet
Let's Live Together
I Wanna Be With You
Ta-daa! (LP) (U.S.) - Mercury - 1975 - Thundermug
Ta-daa! (LP) (CAN) - Axe - 1974 - Thundermug
Thundermug Strikes (LP) (U.S.) - Epic - 1973 - Thundermug
Single - Where Am I? (45)
Orbit (LP) (CAN) - Axe - 1973 - Single - Orbit - Thundermug (45)
Africa - (Netherlands) Single - Areola - 1972 - Thundermug (45)
Africa - (U.S.) Single - Big Tree - 1972 - Thundermug (45)
Thundermug Strikes (LP) (CAN) - Axe - 1972 Thundermug
Singles - You Really Got Me, Africa (45s)



Always an audience favourite, Bill Durst has long been compared to the best guitar player/singer/entertainers anywhere in the world. Bill has written and recorded over 100 songs on ten albums including seven charted Canadian radio hits. After the early success of his band Thundermug in North America and Europe, Bill was acclaimed as one of the top songwriters in Canada, signing with CBS (now Sony) Publishing, and releasing his first two solo albums in 1984 and 1989. In between these two albums, as a side gig, Bill played in “the biggest bar band in Canada” Tres Hombres, a ZZ Top clone band, and that’s how he got his beard started!

In 1994 Bill co-wrote, produced, sang and played guitar on the cd “Who’s Running My World”, released under the Thundermug name, which received forty two continuous weeks of nationally charted radio airplay and spawned three hit singles in Canada.

Bill has opened for Aerosmith, Rush, Bob Seger, The Yardbirds, Sly and The Family Stone, George Thorogood, Bad Company, Jeff Healey, Edgar Winter Group, The Tubes, David Clayton Thomas, Savoy Brown, Little Feat etc. and has toured across North America and Europe.

As for Bill’s live performance, Herman Goodden wrote “Durst delivers…feedback…echo effect… powerful singing, freak harmonic, buzz sawing bottle neck guitar and supercharged intensity are all components of Bill Durst’s showmanship. Durst, the legendary virtuoso guitarist, performed a radical re-interpretation of Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing” which opened with some incredible mewings that he squeezed out of his fret board, suggesting an overhead migration of gigantic seagulls”.

When you see Bill play or listen to his cds, you are in for a treat. Co-writing with friend and former Thundermug band mate Joe DeAngelis has resulted in a wonderful synthesis of fun and exiting blues, roots, rock music and an unforgettable cd – “The Great Willy Mammoth” – featuring the full mature onslaught of a true artistic gem / world class guitar player / singer, songwriter / entertainer named Bill Durst.