Louisiana girl Jen Jones (The Camaros, The Golddiggers) and Nashville born and raised Dave Willie (9 Parts Devil, Jet Black Factory, CPS) team up to create a genre busting vehicle for new songs and a stellar band. Dave, an upright bass playing front guy with a punk-rock pedigree, and Jen, the sweet and sexy pro. on piano and guitar, We're talking Jazz-age swing and New Orleans R&B, with plenty of hormones and hi-jinks. The newest CD takes a step back with raucous '20s and 30s inspired new songs- jazz when it was pop, blues when it was dance music, gritty, nasty, and swinging. With Devin Pena drums, and Ben Clark tumpet . Carco Clave (ex member of Asleep at the Wheel) makes most of the gigs, and his banjo, trumpet, and guitar playing are the very thing that makes bands out of Nashville the real deal. The perfect marriage of influences, this is a band that knows how to make Roots music swing.
"The Willie’s Southern Standard is a love letter to the American underground... and underdogs in general. Jen Jones (the Camaros) and Dave Willie (9 Parts Devil, Jet Black Factory, Committee for Public Safety) have waded neck-deep through the glimmering - fetid swamps of American subterranean culture and emerged with stories to tell. Sub-rosa Southern gothic tales of love and depression, addiction and abstraction, infidelity, binge bus drinking, Edith Piaf, faith lost and the dedicated struggle to maintain identity in opposition to advancing, shrink-wrapped mono-culture America.
Jen found her voice in the traditional jazz / swing revival. Dave elbowed his way through first-wave hardcore punk. Over the thirteen songs on Southern Standard the couple concoct an original musical expression borrowing from their varied influences. 30s swing an New Orleans R&B flirt with punk-rock lyrics; mixed and distilled into what these musical alchemists refer to as raucous, raunchy, trad-jazz. The sound is an acknowledgement that every note they form is influenced by their connection to some rogue Southern state.
The Willies recorded Southern Standard live in the studio with friends... a veritable who’s who of accomplished musical professionals and talented hard-hitting nobodies. These tracks weave from lush cabaret jazz to guitar-heavy Americana. From agro-lounge to New Orleans whorehouse jazz. Treat this as a mix tape, a style-swerving soundtrack to your ride through the rich, odd and rooted South that lives in the hearts of these artists... and is imbedded in the plastic disc you have in front of you. Stay rabid friends!"
Nashville Scene Review- "It’s almost become a cliche that former punk rockers end up becoming Americana artists. But for many Southern punkers — and particularly ones from the Nashville area “discovering” their country roots is anything but an affectation. And that’s certainly true for The Willies.On their debut album, Nashville first-generation punk scene vet Dave Willie (CPS, Jet Black Factory 9 Parts Devil) and his wife Jen Jones (The Camaros) deliver literate, engaging songs topping a musical stew of influences that include jazz vocals, country, rockabilly and more." - Randy Fox
Southern Standard-"Some songs are a modern take on traditional swing, perfect for dancers, some are more country but with seering lyrics echoing the best of punk. Then there's the songs that just break your heart with the pure melodic beauty of haunting poetic sound. A great first CD!"
Look for number 2 Fall 2013.