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Blind Willies $5Blind Willies is a San Francisco based Americana rock band led by singer/songwriter Alexei Wajchman. The band began at San Franciscos High School of the Arts as a duo playing covers of American folk songs and Alexeis originals which he began writing when he was 15. After their professional debut at San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the bands first two releases of all original songs, The Unkindness of Ravens(2007) and Everybody's Looking for a Meal(2008), were highly praised. The albums defined their sound and provided them the opportunity to perform extensively at eclectic venues, from New York's Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and San Francisco's Djangofest to Brooklyn's intimate back room at Barbs. They shared stages with punk icon Penelope Houston (Avengers), Dawg Music innovator David Grisman, and folk iconoclast Peter Stampfel (Holy Modal Rounders).Following their sophomore release, and in search of a larger canvas, Alexei assembled a full band of experienced young musicians accomplished across diverse genres including rock, jazz, classical, world, and hip-hop. Now five musicians strongAlexei Wajchman(vocal, guitar, harmonica),Misha Khalikulov(cello), Daniel Riera(bass, flute), Max Miller-Loran(keys, trumpet), and Alex Nash(drums)the band recorded the album, Needle, Feather, and a Rope, at Tiny Telephone, indie engineer/producer/performer John Vanderslice's all-analog studio in San Francisco's Mission District. The band has used the various gifts of its new members to forge a dynamic and unique sound that reflects the deeply resonant American musical traditions they each bring to the table.Alexei's songs have been played on more than 200 radio stations around the world, including the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, UK, Israel, Australia, and Canada, and the band has toured throughout the West and East Coasts. Members of Blind Willies also perform with Rupa and the April Fishes, George Watsky, Goodnight, Texas, Meklit Hadero, Kev Choice Ensemble, Marcus Cohen and the Congress, and The Getback.
Bio: Blind Willies began at San Francisco’s High School of the Arts as a duo playing covers of American folk songs and Alexei’s originals which he started writing when he was 15. After their professional debut at San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the band’s first two releases of all ...See Full Bio
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