Willie and the Hand Factory
Rock / garage
I have a show in two weeks at MAD Studios on Friday September 27, 2013 and I
want as may people as possible to show up. But really, why should you spend $5.00
to see me? You have so many other things to do like go to the mountains, wash the
dog, and play Candy Crush Saga. I've been sitting here with tickets in my hand
for a few weeks thinking about calling some friends to sell some tickets but
really afraid I'll get the old " The dog needs washing " routine.
I don't want you come because you're supposed to be friend of mine and you
feel obligated. I want you to come because you WANT to come. And we get back
to that nagging question " Why come?"
Some of you may be there because I used to be in The Fungos and I wrote ALL
of the music for that band. Some people don't even know who the Fungos were
and are struggling with the question. Some of you know I am now in The Ernest T.
Bastards although in a much different role than before. Change is good believe me!
Some people know I am in Willie and the Hand Factory and have written a great deal
of the songs I'll play on the 27th in that band. Some people may know that I
used to write for Flagpole and Slam magazines in Athens- doing mostly music critique.
Some people know I also busk and did that regularly in Athens , Augusta and other
cities. Willie and the Hand Factory did some busking in downtown Augusta and had
some good nights down there!
Did you know I play ragtime guitar? I not an expert yet but I do some rags
well enough to be recognized and enjoyed. I may throw a rag or two in the mix on
Some people who have seen my shows might have the impression I'm some pale Bob
Dylan wanna be. Fair enough criticism- I am working diligently on that and learning
how to channel my inner Bobness. I think a little goes a long way sometimes- be
patient I'm a work in progress.
When you come to my shows- I want you to see flashes of where I've been
and the trail it took to get here. You might hear shades of Bob Dylan, The Clash,
Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Tom Waits because they were all along the way to where
"This year, in honor of Bob Dylan’s 69th birthday, Bill Scoggins organized
an inaugural event to celebrate the artist’s influence on American culture:
“I’ve been having this idea bounce around in my head for a long time
to do this [in Augusta],” he said. “I finally decided to go ahead and
jump in with both feet this year.”
Scoggins drafted folk duo Taliaferro Slim & Eddie Bo-Rat and Athens’ Dis-Taster
to give their take on the tunes that made Dylan a legend, as well as his own band
Willie & The Hand Factory.
" Alice Wynn, Metro Spirit