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Big Daddy Wilson (USA)
Saturday, 26 September 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Three years ago Big Daddy Wilson, originally from North Carolina in the USA, toured New Zealand for the first time in a well received and successful tour all across the country. Finally he’s back again, with plenty of new songs and a brand new CD to bring along for the ride.
Big Daddy Wilson was born in the small town of Edenton, North Carolina. “We were very poor, but I had a beautiful childhood. As a child I worked in the tobacco and cotton fields, I was a real country boy. I quit school at the age of 16, and later joined the US Army. I met the blues in Germany, where I still live today. I’ve been writing poems and songs long before I started singing the Blues, I didn’t know what it was, but it was mixed in my blood, I was born with the blues. So I started Back to the Roots Acoustic Blues, just me and a guitar player.”
Wilson has established himself as a great performer on tours and a busy gig schedule throughout Europe, Scandinavia and the US. He has won several awards in Europe for his unique trademark style of Blues and Roots music.
Big Daddy Wilson’s music is all heart and natural soul, with a fabulous warm baritone voice. He draws from a wide stylistic spectrum from blues, folk, soul and gospel. His latest CD “Time” is produced by blues icon Eric Bibb. This is what he says about Big Daddy Wilson: “As soon as you hear Big Daddy Wilson’s voice, whether speaking or singing, you hear his southern country roots. The sound of the original blues people comes through loud and clear, reminding you of a bygone era when music came from people’s front porches instead of iPhones.
Wilson has a voice baptized in the river of Afro-American song – a voice with the power to heal. His repertoire encompasses spirituals, blues, country and soul, delivered in his unique and heartfelt way.” On his side is old band mate from way back and good friend Steve ‘Guitar’ Gilles, playing the acoustic guitar and resonator slide as well as blues harp. Steve has already been along on the first 2012 NZ tour, and then a year later seasoning his chops with US Bluesman “Watermelon Slim” all over Aotearoa. Together they hit the road this September and October for 21 gigs in New Zealand!
Saturday 26 September 8.00 pm – Meow – 9 Edward Street, Wellington
Tickets $ 20 on the door available on the night, $ 15 pre-sales available on eventfinder.co.nz