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Jaik Willis

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Jaik Willis lives in Chicago. Jaik Willis is f*cking brilliant. “Jaik is a hardcore troubador somewhere inbetween Steve Earle and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. He has wandered around the USA like a modern minstrel, surfing sofas, car camping, and paying dues to sing the blues. It is a high energy solo show featuring Jaik’s horn-like voice darting around a blistering broken-string approach to his acoustic flying V guitar, with original songs that are accessible, and message driven” - (Chicago Jams 2005)

A nationally touring performer based in the Chicago area, Jaik has shared bills with artists such as the Drovers, Leftover Salmon, Merl Saunders, Drop Q (Kris Meyers of Umphreys Mcgee, Kalyan Pathak of Fareed Haque Group), Digital Underground, Tea Leaf Green, Split Lip Rayfield, Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, and Victor Wooten; and performed on stage with acoustic blues dynamo, Corey Harris. Jaiks 4-octave voice stretches out in vocal solos and scatting over his high-energy acoustic guitar work on original songs that are accessible and lyrically intriguing
His song Checks & Balances was featured on Neil Young’s website in 2006 & appears on the Windy City Records Winter 2006 compillation CD. He appears on the Mo Phunk Records 2005 compilation Re-Fuel Your Soul along with groups like Stroke 9 (top 10 hit Little Black Backpack) and Lucky Boys Confusion (Elektra records).

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  • wommuck

    I lurv me some Jaik Willis!

    18 Jun 2010 Reply
  • thetwelve13

    Saw him at Funk You this past weekend! Can't wait to catch him at SummerCamp!! Great stuff!!

    5 May 2010 Reply
  • BasaMan311

    Jaik is awesome!!! Big Sky is such an awesome song!! i love Montana! only 59 listeners :(

    2 Dec 2008 Reply
  • OnlySonShine

    Aw. I miss you Jaik Willis. You have the biggest heart. I'll see you soon.

    14 Oct 2008 Reply