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The Willy Collins Band / Press

“Collins and his crew roll their way through a set of gritty, rough-edged roots-rock tunes that owe as much to folk and blues as they do to country, while pledging allegiance to any of the three, and they do it with brutally honest lyrics that examine the scratches and dents on their own respective lives. And yeah, they do it very, very well, calling to mind folks like Steve Earle, David Ramirez, and fellow Houstonians The Small Sounds. Plus, they’ve enlisted some decidedly non roots-music collaborators to help flesh out their sound; their first album apparently featured the likes of Paul Wall and Chase Hamblin, and most recent album Departures includes cameos by stellar songstresses Kam Franklin and Winter Wallace, who provide a nice counterpoint to Collins’ own scuffed-up, road-worn voice. Check ’em out.”

““…one of Americana’s strongest voices in Houston is one you might not know about. … The Willy Collins Band is one of those voices. Collins and his band have been performing a little over three years, and in that time they’ve made the rounds of releases and places to perform. … On their latest release, “Departures,” The Willy Collins Band sways in and out of a world where the instrumentation is top notch, the vocals are heartfelt, and the lyrics remind you of something Bob Dylan would pen. … The craft of the album is immeasurable by any other local band’s standards. The whole album is one that reminds you of a time when bands were full of accomplished performers who all brought something grander to the table.””

““…one of Americana’s strongest voices in Houston is one you might not know about. … The Willy Collins Band is one of those voices. Collins and his band have been performing a little over three years, and in that time they’ve made the rounds of releases and places to perform. … On their latest release, “Departures,” The Willy Collins Band sways in and out of a world where the instrumentation is top notch, the vocals are heartfelt, and the lyrics remind you of something Bob Dylan would pen. … The craft of the album is immeasurable by any other local band’s standards. The whole album is one that reminds you of a time when bands were full of accomplished performers who all brought something grander to the table."”

“““…one of Americana’s strongest voices in Houston is one you might not know about. … The Willy Collins Band is one of those voices. Collins and his band have been performing a little over three years, and in that time they’ve made the rounds of releases and places to perform. … On their latest release, “Departures,” The Willy Collins Band sways in and out of a world where the instrumentation is top notch, the vocals are heartfelt, and the lyrics remind you of something Bob Dylan would pen. … The craft of the album is immeasurable by any other local band’s standards. The whole album is one that reminds you of a time when bands were full of accomplished performers who all brought something grander to the table.”””

"The music is Americana, to be sure, but not strictly on the country/folk side of things, instead shifting smoothly over to a New Orleans-y sound or even to something further away, almost gypsy-sounding."

““…one of Americana’s strongest voices in Houston is one you might not know about. … The Willy Collins Band is one of those voices. Collins and his band have been performing a little over three years, and in that time they’ve made the rounds of releases and places to perform. … On their latest release, “Departures,” The Willy Collins Band sways in and out of a world where the instrumentation is top notch, the vocals are heartfelt, and the lyrics remind you of something Bob Dylan would pen. … The craft of the album is immeasurable by any other local band’s standards. The whole album is one that reminds you of a time when bands were full of accomplished performers who all brought something grander to the table.””

“A Show Featuring The Band - The Willy Collins Band Interview with Willy J Collins - Lead Vocals/Songwriter/ Acoustic Guitar”

“Houston Texas Based Willy Collins Band brings their eclectic mix of Americana to Hopkin’s Icehouse Saturday night.”

““Willy Collins has a gift for words. They can be subtly sharp, almost lost in the mellow country grooves of his band. There is pain conveyed on his new album Building Bridges, and the sorrow goes down so smoothly that it’s nearly undetected. . .Whether or not the lyrics address autobiographical confessions is only for Collins to know; from our standpoint, they sound inspired by a failed relationship. Collins’ gruff voice is on the front of the mix in “You’re Not There,” and it feels so intimate, his emptiness aching through the microphone. “She’s a firework display/On the Fourth of July,” Collins croons on the opening track, “Bang Bang.” But hold off on the celebrations. When Collins sings of things exploding, it probably has nothing to do with pretty lights in the sky but hearts splintering loudly into pieces. And the quite way in which he expresses this discontent delivers a more potent wallop. Bang bang, indeed.””

“Interview: The Willy Collins Band”