Ragtime Willi
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Ragtime Willi

Reading, Pennsylvania, United States

Reading, Pennsylvania, United States
Band Americana Bluegrass


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"Berks band Ragtime Willi celebrating first CD, 34 years in the making"

It's been a long time in the making, but the Ragtime Willi Band is on the verge of releasing its first-ever full-length CD, "Prodigal Sons."

Depending on how you look at it, the CD has taken nearly 34 years to produce. That's if you take it from the point when the band first formed in 1977. Ragtime Willi changed personnel and eventually went on hiatus for several years, reincarnating in 2006.

But no matter what the timeline, "Prodigal Sons" is steeped in musical devotion. And the band's faithful following will have a chance to rejoice in Ragtime Willi's significant accomplishment during a CD release party on Saturday - Reading Eagle


Ragtime Willi EP
Ragtime Willi Band -Prodigal Sons CD



The band's origins go back to at least 1977, and was reformed and began performing again in 2005. The four current members bring wide spread musical backgrounds and have been playing together since 1980.

The musical roots of the Ragtime Willi Band also spread widely through the rich soil of American music. Drawing influence from diverse sources including, Johnny Cash, John Prine, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Grateful Dead, and traditional folk, blues and bluegrass.

The band recorded an EP in 2006 and released a full of CD entitled - Ragtime Willi Band, "Prodigal Sons," in February 2011, containing 9 original songs and 3 arrangements.

Performances are energetic and bring together that variety of styles, sounds and influences into a unique and signature blend of acoustic music.