lightnin' willie and the poorboys

lightnin' willie and the poorboys

 Monrovia, California, USA
BandBluesAmericana

Biography

Sparks fly off the stage during Lightnin' Willies electrical performances along with his band, Giles King on harmonica, Tony Burt on drums and Fergie Fulton on bass. Collectively they generate more energy that a nuclear reactor. Their combined combustible energy and fusion of swinging blues with a taste of country-blues and a hint of rockabilly has lit up stages around the world. This accomplished and hard-working guitarist, vocalist, songwriter was born in Dallas, Texas and was influenced by the likes of Elvis, Johnny Cash, BB King, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, SRV, Hubert Sumlin, Howlin Wolf and George Harrisonto name just a few.

Emerging from the clubs and bars of the U.S. Blues scene, Lightnin Willie has been playing guitar and composing original songs for over two decades. He orchestrates a delicately balanced show, with powerful blues, rich vocals, and slide guitar. His in-your-face approach includes traditional blues mixed with wit, style and an over-riding love of playing the Devils Music. Using an eclectic blend of American roots music he gives an off the charts, well-rounded high-octane show the way aficionados of the genre like it: hard, sensitive, raw, and roadhouse.

Lightnin Willie has worked his magic at blues festivals all over the U.K., including the Edinburgh Blues Festival where he has headlined with Mick Taylor, Charlie Musselwhite and Chris Farlowe. He has also performed at the Stanley Blues Festival, Maryport Blues Festival, Great R&B; Festival/Colne, Brecon Jazz Festival, Gloucester Blues Festival, Zottergem Blues Festival (Belgium), Bardies Festival (France), Riverfront Blues Festival (U.S.), and he appeared with Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joe Shaver, Los Lonely Boys and Leon Russell at the Willie Nelsons Annual 4th of July Picnic in Fort Worth, Texas.


He has received rave notices from publications throughout the U.K. like the Guardian (The real deal.), the Independent (Highly impressive.), Blues Matters (One hard act to follow) and the Blues in Britain (Big fun with serious musicianship.). In the U.S., Denver Post (Definitely worth seeing), Los Angeles Times (This band knows how to drive the train), Living Blues (Hard to imagine a better evening of entertainment). Appearing live on Johnny Walkers Drive Time BBC, Paul Jones Blues Show BBC 2,and Mary Costellos GLR/BBC. The very personable Lightnin Willie has definitely made his mark in the UK blues world.


Lightnin Willie plays with integrity and love for the music reminiscent of some of the legendary Texas and Chicago blues masters. His infectious enthusiasm and passion for the art of the blues and Americana is contagious -- hell engineer you from the depths of the blues and beyond leaving you feeling electrified, energized and glad to be alive. Lightnin Willies music is real, which is one of the best compliments you can give a blues man.


Notes


Performed shows with: Mick Taylor, Chris Farlowe, John Mayall, Junior Wells, Robben Ford, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters Blues Band, The YardBirds

Touring for the twelve years worldwide
the band has appeared live on:
Johnny Walkers BBC 2 Drive Time Show (on several occasions)
Paul Jones BB2 Blues Show
Mary Costello GLR/BBC (voted one of the top ten best roots acts)
Radio St.Tropez (France)
XM Satellite Radio (U.S.)
KLOS FM Los Angeles
KXLU Los Angeles
KDVR Denver
KFWR Blues Radio / Fort Worth
Good Morning Dallas / Fox television


Also receiving noteworthy airplay of their requested song, Couldnt Do Nothin which has been heard all over the U.K. on BBC 2.


Lightnin Willie has had his music included in the soundtracks of:
WHATEVER IT TAKES TRI-MARK PICTURES 2001
ROUTE 66 LIONSGATE FILMS 2003
1- 800-MISSING HBO 2004
MYSTERIOUS WAYS MIRAMAX FILMS 2004
FINAL CUT LIONSGATE FILMS 2005
THE L-WORD HBO 2005

BBC 2 Excellent
Guardianthe real deal
Independent* * * *
Blues Mattersone hard act to follow
Blues in Britainbig fun with serious musicianship
Living Blueshighlight of the Maryport Blues Festival
Denver Postdefinitely worth seeing
Los Angeles Timesthese guys know how to drive the train.

Discography

1. Lightnin' Willie and the Poorboys
2. Buy American
3. Got It Live If You Want It!
4. Lucky As The Devil
5. Road Works Tour - LIVE!
radio airplay...in the usa - KLOS/LA; XM Satellite Radio; BBC/Radio2, Jazzfm/london. we have six songs in film and television soundtracks.

Set List

we perform 18 songs per show, average length of show is two hours. we perform 80% original material and blues/americana in our own style... if we are doing club work we prefer to do three 75 minute sets per night and will adjust our sets according to club policy.