Headliner Bassist & Male Vocalist

Amongst the top Chicago bluesman of all times, this big bellowing fellow (and incredible bassist, too) is one of the city’s busiest performers. A mainstay of the Buddy Guy/Junior Wells bands of the ’70s (he was scheduled to participate in a Wells tribute at the 1999 Chicago Blues Festival), you can currently catch him with his band, the Chi-Town Hustlers. Says the Chicago Reader, though he “has always sounded to me as if he’d rather be playing funk than blues, he’s a solid craftsman whose tendency to overplay is tempered by a solid rhythmic sense and an energetic attack.”

Toured with Bo Diddley, James Cotton, Jimmy Walker, Carey Bell, Lurrie Bell & Billy Branch, Margie Evans, etc. Recorded with Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, Syl Johnson, Lurrie Bell & Billy Branch, etc. Founded the Chi-Town Hustlers in 1976. Also played with Jimmy Reed, Bobby Rush, Lonnie Brooks, John Lee Hooker, BB King, Big Mama Thorton.

With his amazing vocal range, from the deepest to the utter most amazing signature falsetto, J.W. will bring the real-deal driving Chicago Blues to any party!