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Music Releases (more headlines) 02-15-2009

Legendary Chick Willis Delivers The Best In Blues, R&B, Jazz & More On '09 Tour.

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Legendary Chick Willis Delivers The Best in Blues, R&B, Jazz & More on '09 Tour.

Article by Laura Jenney
Of Mindsweep Entertainment & Promotions
Jacksonville, FL

With more great artists both gaining and maintaining success in the music industry than in any other point in time before in music industry history, the burning question is this... What is 'the stuff' that makes a truly great artist a legend? From a marketing perspective, the answer is relatively simple. The secret is this... Create outstanding music, (and be able to perform it live with exceeding amounts of showmanship), with a very distinct and signature sound, and the ability to appeal to as broad a spectrum of music lovers as earthly possible. (Otherwise known as broad audience and/or marketing appeal).
The best way to achieve that is not only to be able to master one's craft as a musician/performer, but to master one's distinct sound in as many genres as possible. After all, the bottom line in the music industry IS, CD sales and concert ticket sales. And thus, more CD and concert ticket sales can be generated by appealing to a larger spectrum of listeners.

Pulling it off however, is no easy feat. It takes an immense amount of talent, creativity, and the brilliance to both out perform the vast amount of competition that exists in the music industry today, as well as the creative fortitude to do so, (coming up with fresh, new material), for long periods of time in a number of genres. Some of my long time personal favorite examples of this are The Allman Brothers Band, (legends of rock, jazz, blues, jam, and sometimes a 'down home' country sound, as well as being founding forces of the Southern rock movement); Eric Clapton, (one of the world's most respected performers in the genres of rock, blues, jazz, country, reggae and beyond); Gov't Mule, (rock, blues, jazz and jam, with the ability to perform anything and everything in between and more). And of course, the always prolific Chick Willis, known and respected worldwide for decades for his very distinct sound, as well as exceedingly tight and exceptionally dynamic live performances in an unparalleled array of genres.

Though Chick Willis quite deservingly hails the title as "The Don of the Blues", as Chick has reigned as one of the world's most respected blues performers for a number of decades by both fans and by many of the music industry's performing elite; however, even that title cannot even come close to describing Chick Willis' astounding finesse at delivering nothing less than incredibly smooth and dynamic performances, (both live and in the studio), in an amazing array of genres crossing over from blues to classic style R&B, rock, soul, stroll, country, Americana, American roots music, funk, jazz and even a bit of big band at times and more. Considering the vast amount of versatility that Chick has mastered musically, and the broad spectrum of people his music appeals to, when it comes to what's cool, Chick Willis rules as the reigning 'King of Cool'.

Even beyond Chick Willis' ability to deliver exceedingly tight musical performances in all the genres Chick, (and his band), performs in, and delivers it with style as classy as it comes, Chick has been known to add yet another crowd pleasing element to his music. That extra element is perhaps what is best described as 'grown folks' humor. This contrast, not only in the versatility of Chick Willis' music, but also the contrast of his renowned classy style mixed with adult humor, is nothing short of brilliant; and that 'extra something something' is part of what sets Chick Willis apart as a great entertainer and as the great American legend he is.

To add to the many credits and the numerous albums that Chick Willis has either recorded, produced or has been featured on, spanning decades as an American legend, Chick Willis has released yet another 'must have' blues CD in July of 2008 appropriately titled, "Don of the Blues" on CDS Records.
As always, "The Don of the Blues" Chick Willis and band's musicianship are of the highest caliber on every track of this CD.
I must add though, for a legend that specializes in the blues, Chick Willis sure knows how to get the party started to let the good times roll, as this CD is a mix of Chick's famously smooth, classy style with a funky edge that is jam packed with groove to burn, that is sure to compel everyone within listening distance, (and with any sense of rhythm at all), off their seats, and get their booties moving with a quickness, from the very first notes of the first track, "Bootie Call", to the ending notes of the last. (Telling it like it is, you just won't be able to help yourself! If someone hasn't got their groove going on through this CD, better check their pulse. ...Seriously.)
Chick may be "The Don of the Blues," but his music is 'the stuff' that defines 'rhythm' in rhythm & blues, and 'The Don' makes that point exceedingly clear all throughout this CD.
This CD is definitely one of the best albums for entertaining adult guests at any party, regardless of age, race, or geographical origin, social or economic status in many a moon. This CD also can be considered as one of the best 'great date' albums possibly ever. Oh yeah, it's one of 'thooose' CDs that are perfect to lock the doors, pull the shades, light a candle, and enjoy with one's 'very special friend'. As Chick Willis himself would say..."Lawd have mercy!"
And of course, besides excellent musicianship, Chick has packed into this CD, plenty of his signature brand of funny for your money.

On this CD, "The Don of the Blues", Chick calls in a few favors from some very heavy hitting 'hit men' (and women), such as tightly executed performances by: 'Big Royal' Joiner and Rick Gallon on keyboards; Ben Irvin and John Khaleefa on drums, Reggie Ward and Rick Gallon on rhythm guitar, Barney Poindester Evan, Hashid Abdul and Chris Edwards on bass, Stanley Booker on flute, and of course, Chick Willis is known as one of meanest 'ax men' in the business, on lead guitar and lead vocals.
More notable credits on this CD are outstanding performance by: 'The Stoop Down Horns' consisting of Jacques 'Saxman' Johnson on tenor and alto sax, Abel Melody on alto sax, Randy Skinner on trumpet, and Dean Martin on flugelhorn. 'The Stoop Down Back Up Singers' are also credited for a fine job on backing vocals. The Stoop Down Back Up Singers are: Barbara Ary, Shirley Clay, Jasmine Clay, Jimmy Robinson, Chantell Denny and Kameelah Wynn. Chick Willis also is credited for producing this CD along with Marlon Hunter.

'The Don' is requesting a meeting with his fans, both nationally and worldwide, on what promises to be one of THE most exciting, dynamic and crowd pleasing tours for fans of all the above mentioned genres on Chick's 2009 tour to promote this absolute smoking CD.

Heating up the crowds for Chick Willis on many dates on this tour are also performances by the very fast rising, contemporary and old school R&B, neo soul, and reggae artist Bishop Wayne, (who has been taking the music industry by storm in recent months), to promote his outstanding new CD "I'm Just Me"; and the ever sensational festival favorite, the always classy and equally as sassy blues, R&B and jazz diva, Sweet Claudette Harrell. Sweet Claudette has just finished putting the final touches on her own brand new smoking CD titled, "That Man's Got to Go".

...Talk about a sure bet crowd pleaser for blues, jazz and R&B festivals, as well as concert venues and select nightclubs, (that can accommodate larger crowds)! All three of these nationally and world renown acts are well known for delivering extremely dynamic live performances that appeals to music lovers in a number of genres. Also notably, this tour makes for one of the hottest 'great date' shows currently touring and of 2009.

Fans and interested talent buyers can listen to tracks off all three of these artist's sizzling new CDs at their official My Space sites at: www.myspace.com/chickwillis, at Chick's official website at www.chickwillis.com/, www.myspace.com/sweetclaudette and www.myspace.com/bishopw.
Fans and execs can also check out and enjoy a number of videos of Chick Willis performing live on AOL Video and YouTube.

Fans can purchase Chick Willis' new CD, "The Don of the Blues" at all major online purchasing outlets such as www.cdbaby.com, www.cduniverse.com, www.Amazon.com, www.artistdirect.com, itunes, and others, as well as in select stores everywhere.

Talent buyers, festival promoters and live entertainment venues take notice, 'The Don of the Blues', Chick Willis is prepared "to make you an offer you can't refuse" on dates throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, The UK, all throughout Europe, Russia, Japan, and other Asian destinations, Australia and any and everywhere that fans demand. 'The Don' is currently seeking and accepting dates for this sure bet, crowd pleasing tour via Tony Saldano and other agents' offices of the esteemed T&T Management & Booking Agency at www.tntbooking.com, and via Laura Jenney at Mindsweep Entertainment & Promotions, who also incidentally manages the Florida Office of T&T Management & Booking Agency. Talent buyers can contact Agents Tony Saldano and/or Laura Jenney at tony@tntbooking.com or laura@tntbooking.com, jcongalady@aol.com or vpofmindsweep@aol.com.

An extra note to talent buyers: We at Mindsweep Entertainment & Promotions recently released an article on dynamic artist Bishop Wayne that announced that he will be performing with Chick Willis on select dates on this tour, which was released nationally and worldwide this past week. This article (that you are reading), on blues legend Chick Willis will also be released nationally and worldwide which will further inform fans of this exciting tour; and there will be an article written on Sweet Claudette Harrell, her outstanding new CD, and including info on this tour that will be released nationally and worldwide within the next few days.
This further assures you that this is not only an excellent choice as a show to book because of the prolific and dynamic performances and the immense amount of crowd pleasing versatility by/of these great artists to thoroughly entertain fans of multiple genres at your events; but also because of the fact that fans are already well aware of this tour, and will be even further informed in the days to come, both nationally and worldwide. (And it would also be a smart choice to book Chick Willis for your events, as you certainly wouldn't want a mob of loyal fans of 'The Don' to come to your office to pay you 'a visit').

Fans and music lovers everywhere get your groovin' shoes on and grab your main squeeze, because the legendary Chick Willis delivers THE BEST in blues, R&B, Jazz and more on what has 'the stuff' (and more), to become 'a legendary tour', coming to a concert hall or festival near you! Looking forward to seeing you there!

The End.

Best regards,

Laura Jenney
Executive Vice President, PR, Press & Media Relations Specialist
Mindsweep Entertainment & Promotions
Manager of Florida office, Booking Agent, PR, Press & Media Relations Rep
T&T Management and Booking Agency

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