Me and Willy

Me and Willy

BandFolkBlues

Gritty bluesy style w/ catchy but creative lyrics & lots of feel. Driving Louisiana blues to soulful jazzy w/saxophone to bouncy rhythm and clever harmonies. CD sold in Japan, Belgium, France, US, et al. Lighthearted-meaningful-in between.

Biography

Cleveland recording artist Willy Earle is a singer and songwriter cut from the same cloth as the early delta blues players. He has performed at hundreds of venues and appeared on radio and web casts.

Some of Willy’s original recordings include Going to Louisiana, Mississippi Mama, and Blue Highway. Willy performs his compositions on a resonator guitar with a harmonica, borrowing heavily from the tradition of Son House, Charlie Patton and Robert Johnson.

Pat Winfield met up with Willy in a club where Willy was playing. After a few minutes the two realized they had dated some 25 years earlier while in college. They once again became an item and Pat joined ‘Lonesome’ Willy in 2000 with rhythm guitar, vocals, washtub bass and her own style of bluegrass, folk and popular classics. This fun, eclectic duo became know as ‘Me and Willy’. The two are frequently joined by ad hoc members adding harmonies, congas, bass and more.

Gritty bluesy style w/ catchy but creative lyrics & lots of feel. Driving Louisiana blues to soulful jazzy w/saxophone to bouncy rhythm and clever harmonies. CD sold in Japan, Belgium, France, US, et al. Lighthearted-meaningful-in between. Willy’s influences:Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed. Pat:Jimmie Rodgers meets Maybelle Carter.

Lyrics

Mississippi Mama

Written By: William A. Earle

CHORUS 1:
Mississippi mama sitting in the morning sun.
Mississippi Mama sitting in the morning sun.
Lawdy lawdy lawdy, look what you've done done.

VERSE 1:
Fixin' up some corn bread, cookin' up some black eyed peas
Fixin' up some corn bread and cookin' up some black eyed peas
Why, thank you ma'am I'll have a second helping please.

CHORUS 2:
Mississippi mama working in the fields all day.
Mississippi mama working in the fields all day.
You've been pickin' that cotton, Lord you've been bailin' hay.

VERSE 2:
Don't that sun look so pretty Lord when it's settin' down
Don't that sun look so pretty Lord when it's settin' down
Don't you miss your baby when she's not around.

Repeat CHORUS 1

VERSE 3:
Mississippi mama eyes as black as coal
Mississippi mama eyes as black as coal.
When you move like that, you make me lose control.

Repeat CHORUS 2

Cat House Mama

Written By: William A. Earle

[Verse 1]
Telephone is ringing who's that on the line
I paid the cash mama, your time is mine
Cathouse Mama I'm in love with you
I see you've got your pretty red dress on
Come lay beside me let your hair hang down
Cathouse Mama I'm in love with you
I'm waitin' on the hangman got those Mississippi jailhouse blues

[Verse 2]
You look so good mama want you for myself
Can't stand to share you with noone else
Cathouse Mama I'm in love with you
Won't you turn your red light off
Can't stand it when people sneer and scoff
Cathouse Mama I'm in love with you
I'm waitin' on the hangman got those Mississippi jailhouse blues

[Verse 3]
I asked your mama for your hand
she laughed outloud at my wedding plans
Cathouse Mama I'm in love with you
she smelled of whisky and cigarettes
she smiled and said, "My husband ain't home yet."
Cathouse Mama I'm in love with you
I'm waitin' on the hangman got those Mississippi jailhouse blues

Bridge:
Well you say it's just a job and you need the cash
But I can't stand it when people call you trash
I got some money let's just up and run away
or is there another reason that you choose to stay

[spoken]
Ain't seen you baby in quite a spell
They don't allow too many prisoners in this lonely old cell
But I think of you, I think of you
All night long

[Verse 4]
I wish that you would come back to me
Didn't mean to hurt you mama just set you free
Cathouse Mama I'm in love with you
I held you baby as I watched you die
Now I hold my head as I sit and cry
Cathouse Mama I'm in love with you
I'm waitin' on the hangman got those Mississippi jailhouse blues

Love You More Than Johnny Cash Loves Trains

Written By: William A. Earle

[verse 1]
We'll rise up with the roosters every morning
Together we'll start each day anew
Lie down together every evening
Make each day complete by lovin' you

[chorus 1]
Cuz I love you more than bears love honey
I love you more than ducks love rain
Sometimes late while you lie sleeping
I lie awake and listen to the trains

[Bridge 1]
Cuz there's something 'bout a locomotive
I feel that rumble in my bones
Must be that long lonesome whistle (vocal whistle)
Callin' me, callin' me home

[verse 2]
We'll walk together if you feel like walkin'
Talk together when you're feelin' blue
I'll stand beside you when trouble comes a callin'
Together there's nothin' we can't do

[Bridge 2]
But I love you more than I love that rumble
A love I just cannot explain
The only way I have to describe my love
I love you more than johnny cash loves trains

[verse 3]
We'll laugh together if you feel like laughin'
Cry together in the pouring rain
I hold your hand when our hearts stop beating
Together we'll ride this lonesome train

[words to Bridge 1 sung over Chorus]

[Bridge 2]
[Tag]

Discography

‘Going to Louisiana’ was released in 2006. Many tracks have had streaming and college radio airplay on WRUW.org and other Cleveland, OH area college and public stations.

Set List

Willy can play originals all night long or mix in covers of the blues greats and other classics. Pat adds variety with bluegrass or additional classics. Set times vary depending on crowd and venue. The following are songs which may be played: Going to Louisiana (original)
Jambalaya
Hold on Mr. Engineer (original)
Johnny Cash Loves Trains (original)
Window Up Above
Frankie and Johnny
All the Love I had is Gone
Blue Yodel #3
TB Blues
Deep Ellum Blues
Mississippi Mama (original)
Me and Bobby McGee
Didn’t Leave Nobody But the Baby
Cat House Mama (original)
Hound Dog Mama (original)
Angel from Montgomery
Pay Me My Money Down
You Got Me Runnin’
Dust My Broom
Mojo Working
Ode to Billy Joe
Freight Train- by Elizabeth Cotton
Waitin’ on a Train by Jimmie Rodgers
Blue Yodel No. 5 –D (Jimmie Rodgers)”When a woman gets the blues, . . ”
Ramblin Railroad Man (original)
Train Whistle Blues (original)
Folsom Prison
In the Jailhouse Now
Long Black Veil
Stone walls