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Performer / Band Name

The Willies
Ben Wilborn: Guitars, Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals
David Newman: Drums, Piano, Vocals
Joe McKenna: Bass Fiddle

Music Style / Genre Hillbilly Funk Fusion
Original / Cover Material 100% Original Material
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History of Performer / Band

The Willies are a trio from Reno, Nevada.
They play old, somewhat damaged instruments in a style that might best be described as Hillbilly-funk fusion.

Or not.

Their repertoire of mostly original music runs the gamut from tightly arranged countryesque songs in the vein of Ryan Adams and Tom Waits (as if there were such a vein) to extended high-energy improvisations featuring the violin, mandolin and guitar of Ben Wilborn, the upright and downright funky bass of Joe McKenna, and the assorted percussion of David Newman.

Their shows feature great Americana vibe, the excitement of musical spontaneity, and excellent musicianship and groove.

Press Reviews / Credits “Give me the Willies”—Reno News & Review (04/27/06)
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Photo: Frank Hackston

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