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BandBlues

He’s the real deal. A sure thing. He’s the man they call “Big T.” And whether it’s a neighborhood juke in Clarksdale or big city club in St. Louis, Seattle or Chicago, the result is the same. The crowd stays late, leaves happy and asks, “When’s Big T coming back?”

Biography

Born on a plantation in 1962 in Farrell, Miss., Terry “Big T” Williams has been singing and playing the blues nearly his whole life. Named "Blues Guitar Player of the Year 2009” on March 29 he was inducted into the Bay Area Blues Society’s West Coast Hall of Fame. Big T was very young when his family moved from living on a plantation in Farrell, Miss., to a tiny home in Clarksdale, Miss., where he and his 15 siblings grew up in a poor neighborhood with their father, and their stay-at-home mother.

As a young boy, Big T was inspired by the blues that poured forth from the radio at home, and from the stories his grandmother told him about the great blues musicians, like Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker, who lived along the Delta. He’d often walk one block away to visit Ike Turner, and watch him and his band rehearse the tunes that one day would top the R&B charts.

At age 11, Big T met Johnny Billington, a renowned Delta blues musician and music teacher in need of a bass player. Billington put a bass in the young boy’s hands, and said he had been chosen to become his next bass player. While only in elementary school, Big T made day trips with Billington to play at clubs in nearby towns and small cities around the Delta. Four years later, Big T dropped out of high school and began traveling the country, touring with The Jelly Roll Kings, and later with The Stone Gas Blues Band, and Big Jack Johnson.

Through the years, he’s owned a few blues clubs, survived a stint at Parchman Farm, and put out a handful of well-received indie releases. He’s also backed up Big Jack Johnson in films such as Robert Mugge’s classic Deep Blues. His latest CD, entitled "Jump Back Big T's In The House," will be released by the end of 2009.

While on the road, Big T taught himself to play guitar, and in 2000 he began fronting his own blues band, which personifies his strongest influences: traditional blues, disco, funk, and hip hop. Big T has performed at blues clubs around the world, and has played at numerous blues festivals, including the Chicago Blues Festival, the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, Wash., and the Russell City Blues Festival in Oakland, Calif.

Big T has recorded five CDs, and has sat in with the all-stars, such Albert King, Bobby “Blue” Bland, CeDell Davis, and Jimbo Mathus.

Additionally, Big T has served as a teacher at the Delta Blues Museum’s Arts and Education Program, training young children and adults to play the blues.

Set List

Sets are either 45 minutes long with a 15 minute break, 60 minutes long with a 20 minute break, or up to 4-45 minute sets. Sets include roughly 20 songs.
Covers are chosen based on the crowd at the event.