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Willie J Laws Band - "The Last Prophet of the Funky Texas Blues" / Press

"Despite his change of residence Laws' promotional materials bill him as the "Prophet of the Funky Texas Blues". Certainly, the music here is proof of his ability to blend the traditional Lone Star sounds with a variety of other influences into a seamless, and very appealing, whole.

“When Willie J Laws describes his music by telling listeners to think Freddie King...he hits the nail square on the head! I'd like to check the lineage because I bet we'd find that he was a distant relative of the great singer-guitarist. Exhibiting the same vocal nuances and stinging call and response guitar licks that made Freddie a household name. Willie J Laws pours it on in a typical south Texas blues fashion on his latest album, CORNBREAD MOAN."”

"Willie J. Laws is a blues journeyman. Laws has learned the blues by playing and singing the blues all over the country. His education has paid off in spades. Along the way, he has learned a little more than he knew before, and now he stands before us as an electrifying vocal and electric guitar presence. Laws gives off as much spark on his new Cornbread Moan album as he does in his vibrant live shows. Willie J. Laws Band also features bass guitar man Malcolm Stuckey, drummer Osi Brathwaite, and sometimes organist Bruce Mattson."

"Willie lives by his own words, his songs have depth, dynamics and flow. His ability to charm an audience is evidenced in his quick rise in the New England Blues scene. Everybody loves Willie J Laws."

"Been a Chan's regular for about 20 years - yours was one of the better shows in every respect. Keepin' those funky blues alive."

"Just had the greatest opportunity in the world to see you last night at Chan's Chinese Restaurant in Woonsocket. Man what a show you guys put on. I definitely look forward to seeing you again. You're quite the guitarist and you deserve every accolade you receive. Keep it up..."

"Willie J. Laws came on and blew everybody away on the strength of his vocal work. Laws sang Earl Hooker’s lost gem “Is You Ever Seen A One Eyed Woman Cry?” with his deep, soulful voice pulling a lot of emotion and meaning to the surface."

"Laws, though, just lets his sense of blues, techniques, and deep down cool come pouring fourth. Clearly, one of the finest players in New England, Laws is a man and his guitar becoming one being and just giving off the tastiest licks, the speediest riffs, the finest phrases, and he does it all over the steady thump of a hard-charging, crack team of rhythm players, like Ephraim Lowell on drums and Malcolm Stuckey on bass guitar. At many points Laws lead the band from the split second beginning of a song instead of chording his way from the rhythm to the phrase. He just takes a leap of faith, jumping right in with a mean phrase that his men take their cue from and swiftly follow, and they always did. Laws’ guitar reminds of the power of a horn instrument. Blaring, swinging, sliding around, whichever way he wants to take it. Laws has the skill and forceful musical personality to defy the natural limits of the guitar and to make it do things his way."

“Willie J. Laws is the man. There’s just no doubt about that. The Texas to California to New Orleans to New England transplant is one of the jewels in the local areas music scene. And New Englanders are blessed to share their stages and to come out to see and hear the man who has opened for B.B. King, Koko Taylor, and Etta James. ”

“MUSIC THAT STICKS TO YOUR RIBS Willie J Laws plays music you can feel...The packed barroom savored every bit of the double entendre-laced lyric of the Muddy Waters' song about a lover wronged by rapid tranist...Laws' singing voice is reminiscent of B.B. King's or Robert Cray's, particularly on "I Can't Let Go", a rollicking up tempo number that featured some of the night's best playing....The crowd ate up every note...”

“Laws is a Showman and it was great to have him on our show. I also reveiwed the Running Out Of Lies CD released by Laws in 2007. It was a pleasurable treat for the ears.”

"On Sunday, November 23rd Parker Wheeler's Blues Party All Stars hit the stage, featuring Ken Clark on keyboards, guitarist Thom Enright, bass player Wolf Ginandes, drummer Seth Pappas and special guest guitarist Willie Jaye. Hailing from Corpus Christi, Texas, Willie Jaye has performed throughout the states of Texas, Louisiana and California with local Blues and R&B groups as lead vocalist/lead rhythm guitarist. He has toured worldwide with blues legend Phillip Walker,and opened shows for, KoKo Taylor, Etta James, B.B. King, Albert Collins, Warren Zevon, Albert King, James Cotton and the Neville Brothers. Willie Jaye has released two CDs. The first was "Willie Jaye - The Texas Hurricane". The second CD "Willie Jaye - Before The Storm" was nominated for 1996 best blues album by Living Magazine."