will be on tour playing bass pedals and drums with Jamie
Lidell to support his latest release JIM (Warp Records) starting
in mid April. Checkout the appearances
page for tour dates.
Willie’s MySpace page @ www.myspace.com/williebmusic.
of Willie B's projects is called TZAR. It
features Willie on drums and bass pedals and Michael Stark
on Hammond B-3 organ. Stark's aggressive organ style and
Willie's slinky beats and fat bass pedal tones make for a
powerful duo. Check out the TZAR site at www.tzarmusic.com.
You can get the CD direct from Wille B for $12 postpaid to
the US and Canada using PayPal.
CAN ALSO PURCHASE WILLIE B’s LATEST RELEASE “fresh: a-frame
sessions vol. 2’ at CDBaby.
hits the road with Johnny
Dowd on a three week U.S. tour beginning July 28th in
St. Paul, MN to support Johnny's new record "Cruel Words" available
now in the U.S. Check the appearances
page for a date show near you.
B , Johnny Dowd, and Jim White just finished their Hellwood record.
They call it "Chainsaw of Life," and it will be
released in Europe on Munich Records in September. It will
also be available at shows in the U.S. and at Johnny's web
site. Hellwood will tour Europe in October.
on the road starting in march '06! Willie will be touring
in Europe with Johnny
Dowd this spring. Checkout the appearance page for more
has began preproduction for the future Jim White/Johnny Dowd
project. The great minds shall meet the third week of Jan.
This should be an interesting collaboration.
can hear Willie drumming on the new Splendors record that
should be out soon. A great straight up rock and roll record.
Check out www.thesplendors.com.
on the road I go! In May I’ll be out with JOHNNY
DOWD, starting in Chicago and then we defect to Canada
for some shows. In June I’ll be joining NEKO
CASE on drums for a three week midwest tour. Johnny will
be doing support for the second half of the Neko tour. Ye-haw!
Checkout the appearances
page for tour dates.
new WILLIE B record is being worked on as we speak. It is
expected to be finished sometime this fall…..if I can get
off the road long enough! A preview mp3 is coming soon.
B. (Brian Wilson) sets his own odd course with his music
as on 2002's fresh: A-Frame Sessions Vol. 2.
It's a combination of electronica, jazz, and some alt country
thrown in there somewhere. I'm putting Willie B. in the spectrum
next to Johnny Dowd for their association, but truly, Willie
B.'s drums, programming, and writing covers such a wide range
of the map. However, the left end of the alt country category
is where I started to stack up the surf rock sound, at least
the surf rock that sounds like its also paying homage to
country. As on Dowd's album, Willie B.'s own album features
that spaghetti western, surf rock combo. Wilder Than
the Wind '66 starts off with a huge wave riding drumroll.
Snyths and guitars combine to make this like a western movie
of cowboys fighting out on the surf. Tumble takes
this spaghetti western down to the Mexican border, a parade-strut
rhythm ready to cross and escape the long arm of the law.
Finally, a stand out element is the marimba on Exotica
#3. Even with many electronic elements, Willie B.'s
live, acoustic percussion remains center stage as if there's
a drummer in the room, smashing down those heads, with the
lights all focused on him. Meanwhile, from the edges of the
dark room, there's flashes of electronics, guitars, basses,
and other odd sounds, but nothing, no, nothing, can stop
that drummer from laying down his beat." –Music Spectrum.
B. is drummer Brian Wilson, who regularly plays with one
of my heroes Johnny Dowd. His album, Fresh: A-Frame Sessions
Vol II, updates Sandy Nelson’s percussion chops for the indie-intelligentsia,
and anyone else who digs a slightly off-kilter boogedy-beat.
Spare, tasteful, guitar and keyboards augment this instrumental
gem. Wilson also plays with The Mofos, another vox-free combo.
Their mission is to remake surf/rock’n’roll finger-tanglers
from the ‘50s and ‘60s in the image of Motorhead and Nine
Inch Nails. They do so fluently, entertainingly and with
a surprising sprinkling of melody.”
- Blues Matters! Magazine
"Dowd builds upon his
morbid strengths in the acute presence of percussionist Brian
Wilson, a preternaturally talented kid who amplifies Dowd's increasingly romantic
backwoods ballads with swoops and stomps of nightmare perfect drums and bass
"Brian Wilson - the prodigiously
dexterous musician who simultaneuosly plays drums and operates a keyboard bass
-Chris Morris, LA Weekly
Johnny Dowd’s ‘Cemetery
Shoes’ received a four star review in the May 2004 issue of Mojo Magazine.
Johnny Dowd in the May 2004 Guitar Magazine with a sidebar
on Willie B’s setup (Cemetery
Sonics)! Also in the same issue is an album review of
the Mofos latest release ‘Supercharged on Alcohol’. www.mofosonline.com
CAN NOW PURCHASE WILLIE B’s LATEST RELEASE “fresh: a-frame
sessions vol. 2’ at CDBaby.
for a Johnny Dowd/Willie B. theatre tour of Holland is in
the works for October. The show will included and interactive
music/film/multimedia performance. More news to come…
B's a Papa! Wife Eva gave birth to a little girl, Anya Catherine,
on 11/23/03. What a doll she is!
Willie will be joining Johnny Dowd for a few shows in Europe
at the end of January. See Appearances
page for places and dates.
has just completed mixing Dave Wilson's new record "Making
Waves". He also played drums and bass on the recording, along
with Mark Symeon on guitar. For more info, contact Willie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hammond Organist, Mike Stark (Wingnut, Hank Roberts) has joined
the Johnny Dowd Band. A powerful duo just became a powerful
plays on Johnny Dowd's most recent album, "Cemetary Shoes",
which is being released in Europe on Munich Records in February
2004 . Check out www.johnnydowd.com
for European tour dates.
The Mofos are going to Europe! February 12th - 22nd they will
be doing shows in Belgium and The Netherlands. See Appearances
for places and dates.
The new Sally Timms (Mekons) album has just been completed!
It features Willie B. (drums, bass, marimba) and Justin Asher
(guitars, synth, samples, and God knows what else...) with additional
production done by Johnny Dowd. Release date TBA.
out Willie's drumming on Dani Linnetz new album. www.danilinnetz.com
Johnny Dowd Band joins the Mekons for and East Coast tour in
March! More info soon to come...
of September 26th, Willie B will be performing with Johnny
Dowd at the All
Tomorrow’s Parties Festival in Los Angeles. Venue
and times TBA. Matt Groening, from The Simpsons fame, is serving
as the festival's curator.
B. has recently been playing drums with Dualtone recording
artist Warren Zanes (Del
Fuegos) performing in New York, D.C, Philadelphia, and Boston.
Also joining Warren is Justin Asher, from Johnny
is now in the works for the new Sally Timms (Mekons) record.
Willie B and Justin Asher share musical duties, while Johnny
Dowd takes the helm as producer. This is sure to be a very
you are in the upstate New York or Ontario region, Keep
your eye open for some rare Jayne
County shows. Willie B on drums, as well as Eliot
Michaels on guitar (Electric Chairs), and Eric Trichon
on bass (Mofos).