Turtle Dove Bounce

by S.E.Willis

Released 2014
Released 2014
Blues and boogie, Americana, R&B and Country--solo and band, piano and harmonica; deep roots based piano and impassioned vocals.
NOTES
I started working on this recording in May of 2013, at the end of 14 months of major illness. It kept me busy and allowed me to both study and pay homage to some of the great blues pianists of the early days, the men who invented the form as we know it.

1. Cow Cow Blues – First recorded in 1928 by Charles “Cow Cow” Davenport. Fragments of this surface in many later songs, notably Ray Charles version of “…
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Pass the Hat

by S.E.Willis

Released 2011
Mr.Suchensuch
Released 2011
Mr.Suchensuch
NOTES
Singer, pianist, accordion pumper, harmonica blower, and songwriter Steven Evans Willis often had to pass the hat to make ends meet during his early days of playing rock ‘n’ roll and country music in Arizona bars along Route 66/Interstate 40. On the self-penned title track of his fifth CD, however, the 59-year-old musician, now based in Oakland, California, tells his woman, “I’m gonna keep my cash, gonna let you pass the hat,” while holding the …
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Taproot: Songs of Robert Johnson and Hank Williams

by S.E.Willis

Released 2008
Mr.suchensuch
Released 2008
Mr.suchensuch
Original and heart-felt solo and small band (piano, bass, drums, saxophone, accordion and harmonica) interpretations of songs written by two major icons of American music.
NOTES
S.E.Willis’s fourth CD is a moving musical tribute to two founding fathers of American music, Robert Johnson and Hank Williams. Thirty years in the making, Taproot goes to the heart of Country and Blues roots, delivering truly original and inspired interpretations of classics. From the rocking boogie of Johnson’s “Preachin’ Blues” and “Last Fair Deal” to the heartbreaking intimacy of Williams’ “Mansion On the Hill,” Willis, a veteran bluesman with incredible …
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Luckiest Man Alive

by S.E.Willis

Released 2002
Merrimack
Released 2002
Merrimack
Solo and band piano blues with strong original compositions and guest appearances by Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel and others
NOTES
S.E.Willis is originally from West Virginia and has been playing the piano and harmonica since the age of six, and organ and accordion since his teens. He started playing in rock and roll bands along Arizona's stretch of Route 66 in 1967. Willis' music is deeply rooted in traditional American forms: blues, boogie-woogie, country, rockabilly, gospel, zydeco.

A veteran bandleader, S.E. (Steve) Willis has taken a supporting role in bands with such artists as …
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Cold Hand In Mine

by S.E.Willis

Released 2003
Mr.Suchensuch
Released 2003
Mr.Suchensuch
"If Bill Monroe and Howlin' Wolf had ever played together it wouldn't sound like this, but that's got the idea, that's the aim."
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A musical slice of Americana that takes a listener from the hills of West Virginia to the bayous of Louisiana, the banks of the Ohio to the Mississippi Delta. S.E.Willis' third and finest release ranges from the title track's neo-Rockabilly to Jimmie Rodgers style Blue Country (When and If), Swing (Chasin' a Train), Swamp-pop (That's My Dream), Blues (I'm Tired) and funky Zydeco (Think Twice, I'm Coming Home), with plenty of side trips …
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