When you dangle a bunch of like strings close together they weave together. Willie & the Whips started forming in 2014 along a mission to make great blues music for people to dance and groove to. Learning and playing the blues is a great vocation to have given life’s so many ups and downs and Willie & the Whips make the most of it. Drawing from the rich history the blues offer WATW know a good many songs written by others but at the same time forge ahead with new original compositions. WATW are both direct and indirectly inspired by Slim Harpo, Fred McDowell, RL Burnside, Jr Kimbrough, Nina Simone, Johnny Shines, Howlin’ Wolf, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Rosetta Tharp, Jimmy Reed.. all y’all that like to stomp, and holler then rest and do it again.
WATW‘s first recording Homage, was released August 18, 2016 on Teethskin Records. Homage was nominated for Best Blues Album of 2016 by our Washington State Blues Society. The single Shake ’em On Down enjoyed airplay on KNKX, KEXP and KSER among others.
2018 is about playing great gigs while we write and record a second album!
Willie & the Whips are:
Art Behrman – Bass
Ed Portnow – Drums
Kevin Bean – Harmonica and Vocals
Will Morgan – Guitar and Vocals
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Most days Will’s hat is The Lawson by Akubra from David Morgan LLC