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JW WILLIAMS BLUES BAND W/ LARETHA WEATHERSBY


JW WILLIAMS

BLUES BAND

JW and his Chi-Town Hustlers have been performing at BLUE CHICAGO since 2007 and continue to showcase their smokin’ blues.  In 2011 he and the band were honored as Best Blues Entertainer of Chicago at the 30th Annual Chicago Music Awards.

JW is multi-talented having started out playing guitar and harmonica at age 12 in Magnolia, Mississippi  with an ear for gospel music.  By high school he added trombone and soon picked up the bass guitar. 

Arriving in Chicago in 1962, he formed his first R&B and Blues band.  He has played in both the great Blues clubs of Chicago and throughout Europe exporting his dynamic talent and showmanship to audiences worldwide.

Throughout his career, JW has performed with many Blues greats—BB King, Big Momma Thornton, Buster Benton, Carl Weathersby, Eddie Clearwater, Eddie Shaw, John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells, Jimmie Reed--just to name a few.

jwchitown@gmail.com


LARETHA WEATHERSBY

Two calibers of singers exist in today’s music industry. There are vocalists and then there are entertainers. Laretha Weathersby is both.  Her dynamic, effervescent stage presence is unparalleled and her sultry, wispy vibrato makes her a Blues natural.

Voted 2009-2010’s “Chicago Blues Diva of the Year,” she belts out traditional Blues classics with passion and poise and delivers riveting renditions of timeless R&B, Soul and Top 40 tunes, all while captivating crowds with her jovial disposition and dynamic dancing.  Known for her rousing stage presence, crowd members rarely blink when Laretha hits the stage, fearing they will miss one of her signature dance moves or the chance to chant along with the charismatic chanteuse.

Reigning from the Southside of Chicago, Laretha’s mother, a former Gospel soloist, detected her daughter’s singing abilities and enrolled the toddler in piano classes and encouraged her as a teenager to be an active member of the choir at the family’s place of worship. But it was not until the 1990s that Laretha began to cultivate a personal relationship with Blues music.

Emerging as one of the premiere female Blues vocalists in the City of Chicago in the late 1990s, Laretha has performed at such legendary Blues hotspots as The Kingston Mines, BLUES on Halsted and since 2010 is a spectacular presence here at BLUE CHICAGO.

Her debut album – Dance the Blues Away – is an eclectic mix of traditional Blues infused with remnants of contemporary R&B and Soul. The album reveals Laretha’s reverence for conventional Blues music while flaunting her fluent transition into contemporary R & B and Soul.

According to Ms. Weathersby, “the power of Blues music lies in its ability to relate to each and every member of the human race. People of all different backgrounds can connect with the universal concepts of love, triumph and tribulation, which are the very elements upon which Blues music is based. I consider it an honor and joy to incorporate that human element into my live performances and it is with passion and humility that I accept the honor and challenge of preserving Blues music for future generations.”

www.LarethaWeathersby.com



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