Lightnin' Willie & The Poorboys (USA & UK) 

Lightnin' Willie and the Poorboys will be returning to the UK between late October in to mid November 2018.

Despite the bands name, Lightnin' Willie and the Poorboys are by no means a bunch of musical destitutes.

In fact, the tradition they mine has a richness indeed. With the simple line up of guitar, bass, drums, and harmonica they are equally able to evoke the stripped down styling's of Muddy Waters,the more sophisticated orchestrations of T-Bone Walker as well as the funkier side of Stax artists such as Albert King. Willie plays an in-the-pocket style of electric guitar totally void of grandstanding. His original compositions and arrangements have helped him sustain a loyal and ever-growing fan base in the U.S.A., U.K. and Europe.

After winning the Southern California Blues Competition the band headed for Memphis to compete in the International Blues Challenge where their straight ahead approach won them praise from the judges, musicians and attendees from all over the world. Lightnin' Willie, Giles King, Aaron McRobbie and Nobbie Richards will be bringing their " LET THE BLUES OPEN THE DOOR TO YOU SOUL TOUR " to a town near you and look forward to seeing you all there.


Press Reviews

THE BEST HEADLINER WE HAVE EVER HAD…!!!" Gary Grape - Gray Sky Festival USA 2016.

"What he doesn't know about putting on a good show isn't worth knowing" - Blues in Britain Magazine

"To hear music of this quality you would normally have to travel to New Orleans or Austin or Chicago but here on a warm evening in South East England we were seeing a master at work" - Maverick Magazine.

"Lightnin' Willie takes control of the crowd the second he hits the stage and doesn't turn 'em loose until he's ready. I've seen him do it more times than I can count and this years Topanga Blues Festival was no exception. With a funky blend of Blues, Rock A Billy and Roots, Willie and the band captivated our souls for a solid hour with originals like 'Shake Your Snake' and 'Lies In The Back Of My Head' then took us to church with his own rendition of the Lowell Fulsom classic 'Reconsider Baby'. Willie owned us for an hour, give him the chance, he'll own you too."Casey Reagan (American Blues News)

Lightnin' Willie and The Poorboys certainly entertained this sun-drenched blues crowd. They brought their own guts and glory to the stage with style and finesse! Frontman Lightnin' Willie keeps the listener planted in the blues with his own original music while venturing out a bit to showcase his own style of showmanship which is totally free of fear as he walks through a crowd of people he has never met stopping to 'talk' to them with his guitar bringing smiles to there faces as cameras, I phones and anything else captures the moment. Willie doesn't intimidate he welcomes you into his world of blues with incredible charm and an ensemble of men all fixed in the element they all love so much. Moses Sparks on a bass all the while adding perfect vocal harmonies to Willie's well-structured songs along with Jerry Olsen on drums. There is no match for how tight these men are as a team perfectly locked together at the hip which is joined by the piano, organ and accordion of Dennis Gurwell. I saw a bumper sticker that read, PLAY AN ACCORDION GO TO JAIL I don' think anyone would mind being in jail with his accordion playing which is dynamic adding a cajon/zydeco feel to the bands sound. Blues is blues some people say and them having said that I know they haven't seen Lightnin' Willie and the Poorboys live. (Kelly Z - E Blues Magazine)

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JUST ANNOUNCED Movinmusic is pleased to confirm that it is now working on Lightnin' Willie & the Poorboys dates during late October and in to mid November 2018 and in mid to late January 2019. Interested venue owners& promoters can contact us about his availability via e-mail or 0044 (0)1209 860067.


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