The Summer Soul-stice
The twelve-piece Wee Willie Walker and the Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra epitomize the time-honored, authentic spirit of American Soul Music. They met and made their debut public appearance at the perpetually revered Porretta Soul Festival, in Porretta, Italy, in 2015. Inspired by the magic and power of that show, and immediate mutual respect, they knew they had to continue performing together on a permanent basis.
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includes 15 minute intermission
Wee Willie Walker is the stellar septuagenarian soul singer whose recordings go back to the Goldwax label out of Memphis in the late 1960s. he was "rediscovered" in 2015 with If Nothing Ever Changes (Little Village Foundation) and 2016's Live! Notodden Blues Festival(LVF) . Their most recent release on Blue Dot Records, After A While, is the first he has done with the powerhouse Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra from San Francisco. Together they work magic on a 58-minute-plus program of eight originals and five cover versions that compellingly recreate the sensational sounds of the blues, R&B, and soul from the prime era of the '50s to the '70s. This record earned Wee Willie Walker and the Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra’s five 2018 Blues Music Award nominations; a feature in Downbeat Magazine (2/2018), and a feature in The San Francisco Chronicle (3/2018). After A While hit # 7 on Downbeat Magazine’s, 2018 critics poll; and Wee Willie Walker was awarded Most Outstanding Male Blues Singer, 2018 by Living Blues Magazine. Walker’s voice is nothing shy of a soul-defining epiphany. You can hear passion, peace, love and pain in each spellbinding phrase. With considerable beauty, depth and richness, Willie subtly coaxes the listener’s ear through a range of heart-melting emotions
Few vocalists own the stage like Terrie Odabi. When the statuesque Oakland, California native begins to sing, a hush falls over the audience. They’re about to take a ride through the highs and lows of Deep Blue Soul music, led by a beautiful singer who packs her shows with heart-pumping energy and poignant memories. Nominated for two Blues Music Awards, Terrie’s finely honed instrument is matched only by her generous spirit and wit. Terrie performs original Deep BlueSoul directly from her heart to yours. Her compelling arrangements create a support for Terrie’s witty lyrics and spellbinding voice. After A While, features Terrie on a duet with Wee Willie Walker. When Terrie Odabi performs with Wee Willie Walker and the Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra, the experience is nothing shy of magical.
The Sacramento Blues Society was founded in 1979 and is one of the oldest blues societies in California. Affiliated with the International Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN, SBS was named Affiliated Blues Society of the Year and was honored with the Keeping The Blues Alive award at the 2015 International Blues Challenge. The SBS has kept the blues tradition alive in the Sacramento area by promoting the local blues music scene & bringing international renowned artists to the region.
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