Victoria Jazz Society

Garret T Willie

Saturday, August 26 | Ship Point | 2:20pm

Hailing from Kingcome Inlet, off the coast of British Columbia, singer/guitar-shredder Garret T. Willie (‘Namgis/Kwakwaka’wakw) is an old soul masquerading as an uncommonly wise, weathered, witty and world-weary 23-year-old. He’s about to give rock ‘n’ roll a formidable 21st -century kick in the ass with plenty of wild, heartbreaking, and hilarious stories to share in true rock ‘n’ roll form.

Willie’s upcoming debut record, Same Pain, will show that he knows exactly what makes the blues tick, offering a contemporary take on hardscrabble blues and the purest and rawest rock ‘n’ roll to follow its teachings thereafter. He has studiously schooled in all the right source material, from Howlin’ Wolf, Albert King and Muddy Waters to Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis to The Rolling Stones, Ten Years After, AC/DC, Stevie Ray Vaughan, George Thorogood and everyone else who’s carried the torch into the present, with a little Johnny Cash and Hank Williams thrown in for some outlaw-country flavour on the side. However, Garret T. Willie is not interested in replicating anyone else’s music or emulating the musical past. His interest is only in channeling every ounce of the classic blues and rock ‘n’ roll he venerates so deeply into something new.