Laying down the blues Laws

Feb 13, 2014
Willie J. Laws

Rockland — The weekly blues series continues Feb. 24 with a 7 p.m. show featuring the Willie J. Laws Band. Admission at the door will be $10.

Willie J. Laws, dubbed the Last Prophet of the Funky Texas Blues, was raised on the Gulf Coast of Texas. His Real Deal guitar and vocal sound was developed and influenced by Texas blues and R&B, Tex-Mex tejano/conjunto, Louisiana zydeco and country.

Laws’ work over the past 25 years includes performing as the house band for The House of Blues in both Las Vegas and New Orleans, as well as Margaritaville in the Crescent City. He performs nationally and internationally with the Grammy Award-winning tejano band Los Texmaniacs. His mentor, and tour mate, was the late blues great and fellow Texan Phillip Walker.

While living in Texas, Louisiana, Nevada and California, he repeatedly opened for BB King, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Willie Nelson, Hall & Oates, Lynyrd Skynyrd and numerous others. These days, Laws lives in Massachusetts and travels, playing hardcore, authentic blues with a twist of zydeco, R&B and funk.

Upcoming in the weekly series are: March 3, Tinsley Ellis ($15); March 10, the Barrett Anderson Trio; March 17, Bobby Messano ($10); and March 24, Samantha Fish, who wowed the crowd during last year’s North Atlantic Blues Festival. For more information, visit northatlanticbluesfestival.com and click on the Time Out Blues link. Also on the site is information about this summer’s fest, July 12 and 13. Advance blues festival tickets are $25 for either day or $50 for the full weekend.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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