Wee Willie Walker

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✦ Living Blues Magazine 2018 critic’s poll for Best Blues Singer
✦ After A While #7 Blues Album in Downbeat Magazine critic’s poll 2018
✦ Nominated for Best Soul Blues Male Artist in BMAs 2016, 2017, 2018
✦ Nominated for Best Vocalist in BMAs 2018
✦ Nominated for Song Of The Year and Album Of The Year in BMAs 2018 
✦ Living Blues Magazine 2016 critic’s poll Best Comeback Artist
✦ Nominated Best Soul Blues Album in BMAs 2016, 2017, 2018
✦ Living Blues Magazine 2016 critic’s poll Best Soul Blues Album

"After A While" and Wee Willie Walker Nominated for 5 Blues Music Awards 2018

Wee Willie Walker, den 77-årige legendariske soulsanger, der i fjor kom til Blues Heaven som vinder af hele tre 2016 music awards i bagagen! “Best comeback artist”, “Best blues album” og “Best soul singer”. Og Willie har fortsat sit sejstogt verden over og har bl.a. været i Europa 4 gange i år i kølvandet på det seneste album "After A While" med The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra, som her i 2018 er blevet nomineret til hele 5 stk. Blues Music Awards.

Willie besidder den fløjlsbløde stemme, der straks leder tankerne hen på Otis Redding, Al Green, Sam Cooke og Ray Charles. Han tropper denne gang op med sit egen “Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra” der består af 12 m/k på scenen og som bl.a. tæller en hornsektion med 4 blæsere og 3 farvede backup sangerinder. Lyden fra det unikke Hammond B3 orgel med tilhørende roterende Leslie højttaler har også en stor rolle i dette lydunivers. Altså den helt store pakke, hvor alle stemmerne og samspillet med de fantastiske musikere giver kuldegysninger over hele kroppen.
Tilbage i 1960'erne indspillede Willie adskillige albums på de største soul og blues selskaber. Goldwax Records og Stax Records i Memphis, var hvor soulsangere som O.V. Wright og James Carr uddødeliggjorde deres hits. Og Chess Records i Chicago hvor blues legenderne Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf ændrede verdenshistorien.

Efter nogle år uden for rampelyset, opdagede Rick Estrin og Kid Andersen så dette unikum og efter udgivelsen af "If Nothing Ever Changes" i 2015 og derefter Live At Notodden i 2016, er den lille mand med guldvesten, nu på alles læber.Wee Willie Walker blev således hjulpet frem fra glemslen af norske Kid Andersen og hans musikalske "partner in crime" Rick Estrin. De mødte Walker og blev enige om at indspille et album med ham. De samlede deres musikervenner fra den amerikanske vestkyst og resultatet blev det fantastiske album «If Nothing Ever Changes». Igen er soulsangeren Wee Willie Walker højaktuel i det amerikanske soul- og bluesmiljø. Der er ikke mange tilbage i blues- og soul-verdenen i dag, man oprigtigt kan kalde  den ”ægte vare", men Wee Willie Walker er det stadig!
Wee Willie Walker er født i 1941 og opvokset i musikkbyen Memphis, Tennessee. Som de fleste sangere af afro-amerikansk herkomst i Sydstatene, har Walker en stærk gospelbaggrund. Walker blev tiltrukket af soul-musikken.

Soul legenden med den mere end sublime stemme har sunget på utallige venues og store festivaler i hele verden og kommer allerede tilbage i år til Blues Heaven iført guldvest, stråhat med 4 blæsere, ju-hi piger, verdens "højst hoppende" trommeslager D'Mar og hele svineriet i ryggen. Altså soulmusikken fra øverste skuffe er tilbage og det er dejligt, at vi nok en gang kan præsentere «the real thing» lørdag 3. november som aftenens første og største band! 

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Terrie Odabi, the most dynamic blues singer to emerge in the Bay Area in recent decades, doesn’t need any help packing Yoshi’s to the rafters, thank you very much. She’s sold out the club three times, with her initial triumph coming before she even released her breakthrough, self-produced 2016 album, “My Blue Soul.”
But when the Oakland native returns to Denmark in November, she’s sharing the billing with the great soul singer Wee Willie Walker and the Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra, who are making their debut at the Festival. 
Paule, the veteran Napa guitarist, has played a similar role for Odabi and Walker in Europe, inviting them on several tours with his horn-powered orchestra, including a high-profile residency at Italy’s Porretta Soul Festival. He wasn’t the first veteran California cat to champion the long-overlooked Walker.
Blues harp star Rick Estrin, who calls Walker “the greatest, deepest soul singer in the world today,” jump-started his career by bringing the vocalist into San Jose’s Greaseland Studios and producing 2015’s “If Nothing Ever Changes,” which earned a Blues Music Award nomination for album of the year.Thisyear, Walker’s 2017 Greaseland Studio-recorded album with the Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra, “After a While,” is up for five Blues Music Awards in Memphis on May 10, including album of the year and song of yearfortheir original anthem “Hate Takes a Holiday.” His playful duet with Odabi on “Lovey Dovey” gives a taste of what’s in store at Yoshi’s (and San Jose’s Fountain Blues Festival on June 23, when they again join forces with Paule).
The contrast between Walker’s sweet, imploring tenor and Odabi’s sensuous, full-bodied alto makes for a thrilling contrast, but that’s not the only way they serve as dramatic foils for each other.
“Having a man and a woman fronting the band makes it very interesting,” Paule says. “She’s a big and tall woman, and Willie — well, he’s not Wee Willie for nothing. It makes an impression when they sing a love song.”
For Walker, the climb to the national spotlight has taken a lifetime. At 76, he’s a direct link to an era when gospel quartets served as the proving grounds for pioneering soul singers like Sam Cooke, Solomon Burke andWilsonPickett.
Raised in Memphis, Walker started touring the gospel circuit at 15, spending summers on the road. Though he settled in Minneapolis in 1959, Walker maintained close ties to the burgeoning Memphis music scene. In the ’60s, he recorded numerous demo tracks and a handful of singles for Goldwax Records, Stax and Chess focusing on songs by his friend George Jackson, a prolific pop and R&B composer.
While he performed around the Twin Cities and recorded with some local bands, Walker sought the stability of a day job to support his family. It wasn’t until he retired a few years ago from his longtime gig as a machine operator in a corrugated box factory that he started touring widely.
“This year is kind of loaded. It’s overwhelming,” Walker says. “It’s crazy, but I love it, and I’m so grateful to Terrie for making the introduction in Denmark. I was there last year and was honored with the "Wall of Fame prize" at Arena Nord in Frederikshavn. We were performing together in Italy and in Spain, the time I spent with her is something special. She’s such a sweet soul and a great singer. She’s like a rose, just blossoming.”

Wee Willie Walker Vocals
Terrie Odabi Vocals
Anthony Paule Guitar
Endre Tarczy Bass
Tony Lufrano Keyboards
Derrick D’Mar Martin  Drums
Charles McNeal Tenor saxophone
Derek James Trombone
Bill Ortiz Trumpet
Johnnie Bamont Baritone saxophone
Cosmea Panka  Backup vocals
Ramona Nelom Backup vocals
Tamara  Spithorst Backup vocals
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