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Jody Williams & Reverand Raven- This Friday in Chicago!

PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 4:46 am
by Reggies Chicago
(this is my first big Blues show at this venue-if you're local come show some support to Jody and to Reggie's!)

Friday May 2nd
Reggie's Music Joint
2105 S. State St.
Chicago
21+ or under 21 with parent/guardian
312-949-0120

6:30 pm we start off with a FREE show with Reverand Raven & the Chainsmoking Alterboys. Read more about them here: http://www.reverendraven.com/home.html

8 pm we have a very special show with Jody Williams. You can listen to him here- http://www.jwblues.com/main.html

Jody will be having an IN-STORE meet and greet upstairs at Record Breakers. You can have your old stuff autographed and meet talk with Jody! He will also have merch available to buy there.

Tickets are available now or at the door. http://www.reggieslive.com

Retired from the Chicago blues business for decades and now back again and sounding as good as
ever, Jody Williams's stinging lead guitar work is still stirringly felt every time someone punches up Billy
Boy Arnold's "I Was Fooled," Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love," Otis Spann's "Five Spot," or Williams's
eerie minor-key instrumental masterpiece, "Lucky Lou."
Born in Alabama, Joseph Leon Williams moved to Chicago at age six. He grew up alongside Bo
Diddley, the two trading licks as kids and playing for real by 1951. By the mid-'50s, Williams was
ensconced as a Chicago session guitarist of high stature, but he began to grow disenchanted when the
signature lick he created for newcomer Billy Stewart's Argo waxing of "Billy's Blues" was appropriated
by Mickey Baker for the Mickey & Sylvia smash "Love Is Strange." Baker apparently caught Williams
playing the riff in Washington, D.C., at the Howard Theatre. When the legal smoke had cleared, Bo
Diddley's wife owned the writing credit for "Love Is Strange" and Jody Williams had zipola for monetary
compensation.
Williams made his recording debut (singing as well as playing) as a leader for powerhouse deejay Al
Benson's Blue Lake imprint in 1955: "Looking for My Baby" was credited to Little Papa Joe. That alias
pattern held in 1957, when Argo unleashed "Lucky Lou" and its sumptuous slow blues vocal flip "You
May" as by Little Joe Lee (quite a band here -- saxists Harold Ashby and Red Holloway, keyboardist
Lafayette Leake, and bassist Willie Dixon). In 1960, Herald Records labeled him Sugar Boy Williams on
"Little Girl." 1960s outings for Nike, Jive, Smash, and Yulando rounded out Williams's slim discography.
Jody Williams dropped out of the blues game and went to work at Xerox as a technical engineer. He
retired in 1994 and began to think about getting back into music. In 1999 at the urging of producer Dick
Shurman, he went to a blues club for the first time in many, many years to see his old friend Robert
Lockwood, Jr. Soon after Williams broke out some old tapes he made in 1964, liked what he heard so
much that it brought tears to his eyes and decided to recapture the sound he created back when he
was a top session man. After playing some gigs in 2000 and 2001, Williams and Dick Shurman went
into the studio to cut his first solo album. "Return of a Legend" was issued in 2002, garnering rave
reviews and sparking newfound interest in one of the unsung heroes of the blues guitar.