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In high-school (No. Haven Class of 1973), we shared a common interest in Chicago Blues and Hank Williams (SR) style of stripped down Country. We started out playing in a room off our guitarist's garage every Sunday night in 1971. It was very fraternal and pure. We were very content to play just for ourselves and, in fact, we encouraged friends not to come by.
We played our first "job" as B. Willie Smith in 1972 (we were all 17 years old) at a small bar in North Haven called The Black Stallion for 10 bucks a guy and packed the place (50 people). We persevered, went on to record 2 LP's and toured up and down the East Coast for years.
6-piece lineup for reunion gigs and private parties:
Bruce Smith - Vocals, drums
Major charisma; smooth as silk vocals. Bruce William (B. Willie).
Jerry Connolly - Drums, harmonica, vocals
Big backbeat. Jerry comes out from behind drums for sizzling blues-soaked harmonica and vocals.
Steve Baldino - Guitar, vocals
Albert King meets Chet Atkins. A totally original guitarist who sounds like no one else!
Mike Cavadini - Piano, alto sax, vocals
At home in any style on the 88's. Switches to alto sax to join the B. Willie Horns.
Bob Elliott - Bass, vocals, and the most prolific songwriter - sings many of his own songs bringing a country sensibility to the band.
Bill Holloman - Tenor sax, trumpet, keyboards, vocals
Monster musician! Bill's played with Paul Simon, Larry Gatlin, Danny Gatton, Beyonce, Roberta Flack, Chic, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Shaboo Allstars, and many others. He is an in-demand professional musician, and tours the world, taking time out when he can, to have fun with the B Willies.