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Wet Willie

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More than 40 years on and Southern Rock icons Wet Willie are still thrilling fans young and old with their potent blend of high energy R&B, downhome soul, greasy blues rock and gospel harmonies. Featuring powerful vocals by frontman Jimmy Hall and strong musicianship throughout, the band had always been closer in spirit to rhythm and blues legends like James Brown or Wilson Pickett than to their label mates Marshall Tucker or the Allman Brothers.

The five original members of Wet Willie, all from Mobile, Alabama, came together in 1969 and soon realized they had something special. Jimmy was out front, a triple threat on lead vocals, sax and harmonica; as one writer said, “Jimmy Hall was who Mick Jagger wanted to be!” Ricky Hirsch played guitars and wrote or co-wrote much of the band’s material, with Jack Hall, Jimmy’s brother, on bass, Lewis Ross on drums and John Anthony on keyboards.

The band relocated to Macon, Georgia in 1970 where they were signed by Phil Walden’s Capricorn label, and got right to work on their self-titled first album. Upon its release later that year, Wet Willie began a relentless touring schedule, and soon became known as one of the hardest working bands of the Southern Rock era. As they put it, they “opened for everyone from A to Z: Allman Brothers to ZZ Top!”

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