The funky blues Real Deal

Oct 29, 2013
Willie J. Laws

Rockland — The weekly blues series at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., continues Monday, Nov. 11. The Willie J. Laws Band will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. in the upstairs music room. Admission is $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.  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.

Laws was mentored by, and toured throughout the United States with, the late blues great and fellow Texan Phillip Walker, which can be heard in Laws’ playing style. He now lives in Massachusetts and travels, playing hardcore, authentic blues with a twist of zydeco, R&B and funk.

Upcoming in the Monday Night Blues series are: Nov. 18, Roborto Morbioli from Italy ($10); Nov. 25, Tas Cru ($10); and Dec. 2, the Blues Year Eve last show of 2013, Charlie A’Court ($10). For more information about blues in Rockland, visit northatlanticbluesfestival.com. Johnny Rawls will play New Year’s Eve at the Trade Winds; call Paul Benjamin at 596-6055 to make reservations.

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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