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The Willies / Press

“Although it seems like the outside world is just now discovering that Nashville is a rock town, old-timers like us have had the pleasure of groovin’ to the Music City’s underground and indie rock scene for many years. Plus we had the benefit of seeing how these local vets have continued to reinvent themselves and explore new musical avenues. The Willies feature Nashville first-generation punk-scene vet Dave Willie (CPS, Jet Black Factory, 9 Parts Devil) and his wife Jen Jones (The Camaros) dealing out literate, engaging songs with influences that include jazz vocals, country, rockabilly and more.”

“Today I was invited to hear some music...in many cases I'm left wanting. Not today. ..... wonderful music of The Willies. Jen Jones and Dave Willie have conjured up a really nice sound with deep roots traveling in two directions...finding themselves growing in the traditional fertile soil of the American South on one side, while pushing through the concrete diversity of a bustling American city on the other. Personally, I am a total pushover for all things vintage, and this group has married the vintage with the current convincingly...and the best part is that they have done so in a non-formulaic way. Take two songs, "Too Lazy to Love" and "South Coast Go Go" for instance. Essentially this could be two different groups. Not just because the songs are in different styles, but because those styles in both cases sound authentic. This is not easy to do, and I hear a lot of people try. Eclectiblogs is all about adopting the eclectic. As for The Willies, mission accomplished. ”

“The Willies, making a Roots debut, opened up their eclectic set with double basses, literally. The blended sound of a plucked acoustic against a bowed acoustic was rich under the stylin’ voice of Jen Jones, as she opened the set with the smoky and jazzy “After The Fight.” Her partner Dave Willie, one of the bassists, traded vocal duties with her through a four-song set, as the Nashville-based band showed range and charm. They were followed by the back porch electro-grass of the Flea Market Hustlers.”

“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 husband-wife duo The Willies.On their debut album, Nashville first-generation punk scene vet Dave Willie and Jen Jones(The Camaros) deliver literate, engaging songs topping a musical stew of influences that include jazz vocals, country, rockabilly and more.... what The Willies are serving goes far beyond simple musical cross-breeding. What’s really at work here is more on the order of musical gene-splicing — carefully and consciously producing a beast that is greater than the sum of its parts and yet works together as a whole rather than as a mash-up of styles.... The end result is music with a greater complexity that you notice on first listen, and one that you keep returning to explore the next layer.”

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