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.Jazz Age swing and New Orleans R&B flirt with punk-rock lyrics; mixed and distilled into what these musical alchemists refer to as raucous, raunchy, trad-jazz. 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!
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