Willie Buck - Willie Buck Way
  • You Want Me To Trust You
  • (All I'm Doin' Is)Thinkin' Of You
  • Bottom Of The Hill
  • I Got You (and You Got Me)
  • Can’t Say Something Good About Me
  • There's A Woman
  • My Mind Froze Up
  • Crawlin' Kingsnake
  • I Give So Much To You
  • Heck Of A Time
  • The Men Ought to Learn (To Treat the Women Right)
  • Please Have Mercy
  • How Deep Is The Ocean (Look What You’ve Done)
  • Willie Buck Way
  • Twenty-Four Seven
  • Blues Before Sunrise
  • I'd Rather Love (Leave) You
  • You Want Me To Trust You
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (03:58) [9.09 MB]
  • (All I'm Doin' Is)Thinkin' Of You
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (02:42) [6.17 MB]
  • Bottom Of The Hill
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (03:54) [8.91 MB]
  • I Got You (and You Got Me)
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (03:10) [7.26 MB]
  • Can’t Say Something Good About Me
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (04:32) [10.38 MB]
  • There's A Woman
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (04:23) [10.04 MB]
  • My Mind Froze Up
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (04:10) [9.52 MB]
  • Crawlin' Kingsnake
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (03:39) [8.34 MB]
  • I Give So Much To You
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (03:56) [9 MB]
  • Heck Of A Time
    Genre: (Choose a Genre)
    MP3 (04:31) [10.34 MB]
  • The Men Ought to Learn (To Treat the Women Right)
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (05:02) [11.52 MB]
  • Please Have Mercy
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (04:32) [10.39 MB]
  • How Deep Is The Ocean (Look What You’ve Done)
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (02:45) [6.3 MB]
  • Willie Buck Way
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (03:53) [8.87 MB]
  • Twenty-Four Seven
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (03:35) [8.2 MB]
  • Blues Before Sunrise
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (06:05) [13.93 MB]
  • I'd Rather Love (Leave) You
    Genre: Blues
    MP3 (04:22) [10.01 MB]
Biography
Willie Buck – Willie Buck Way

"the overall sound remains resolutely old-school: a listener might be forgiven for thinking these tracks were outtakes from some forgotten 1957 Chess session, as harpists Scott Dirks and “Big Spider” Beck, pianist Johnny Iguana, venerable bassist Bob Stroger, and drummer Jimmi Mayes recreate that fabled sound with almost eerie verisimilitude"- David Whiteis, Chicago Blues Guide

"And what a voice Buck has. Despite being born in 1937 and leading his own bands in Chicago for over 50 years, his vocals remain in top condition with his innate inability to get inside the lyrics of each song. Buck’s vocal mannerisms and music owe a tangible debt to Muddy Waters, but at no point does he come across as mannered or contrived. Rather, he has absorbed Muddy’s influences so completely that they are merely a part of the whole that is Willie Buck"- Rhys Williams, BLUES BLAST

Willie Buck’s previous Delmark album, Cell Phone Man (released October, 2012), debuted on Living Blues Radio Chart in the #1 position in the December issue along with an 8-page feature story and a glowing album review. “His vocals are sinewy and expressive (he demonstrates a powerful upper range that even a lot of his longtime fans will find surprising)...postwar Chicago blues have long been, and remain, a contemporary music to him, and he delivers them with both urgency and élan.” – David Whiteis

Willie Buck was born in 1937 in Houston, Mississippi, near Tupelo as one of eight children. He’s been on the scene since his arrival in Chicago as a teenager in the midst of the heyday of Chicago blues in 1953. His first exposure to live blues in the big city came when an older relative snuck him in to see Muddy Waters at the very peak of his powers and fame. The sound of Muddy’s classic band had such an impact on Willie that he quickly absorbed it as his own, and even in the face of all the changes and developments in music over the next half century, he’s held onto to it with unwavering devotion ever since.

Ask anyone who has spent any time in the trenches of the Chicago blues scene about Willie Buck, and you’ll hear the same things: he’s one of the last of the old-school blues singers, one of the few guys who has a real handle on the classic Chicago blues from the ‘50s, a hard worker who over the years carved out a niche for himself in the south and west side blues joints. Buck has been leading his own bands in Chicago for 50 years.

His self-produced debut album came out in 1982, later re-released on Delmark as The Life I Love (Delmark 805) with John Primer, Louis Myers, Dave Myers and Little Mac Simmons. (He also received a bit of mainstream attention when he was featured briefly in the Academy Award nominated 1994 documentary film “Hoop Dreams” - he’s the father of one of the main characters.)

This new album, Willie Buck Way, features 12 new Buck originals with fresh covers of Muddy Waters, Leroy Carr and others. Willie Buck Way is the name of an honorary street named after Willie in his hometown, Chicago. Notes and original artwork by Plastic Crimewave (Steve Krakow) featured in the CD pamphlet

Willie Buck, vocals
Billy Flynn, guitar
Thaddeus Krolicki, electric and acoustic guitar
Scott Dirks, harmonica
Johnny “Fingers” Iguana, piano
Bob Stroger, bass
Jimmi Mayes, drums
Big Spider Beck, harmonica (5,8,13) and piano (12,16)
Mervyn “Harmonica” Hinds, harmonica (7,15)

Producer: Willie Buck, Thaddeus Krolicki & Scott Dirks Executive Producers: Julia A. Miller and Elbio Barilari Recorded by Brian Leach Mixed by Blaise Barton Recorded October 1, 2017 and January 11, 2018 at Joyride Studios
Photos: Art Voytovich
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  • Members:
    Willie Buck, vocals, Billy Flynn, guitar, Thaddeus Krolicki, electric and acoustic guitar, Scott Dirks, harmonica, Johnny Iguana, piano, Bob Stroger, bass, Jimmi Mayes, drums, Big Spider Beck, harmonica and piano, Mervyn “Harmonica" Hinds, harmonica
  • Sounds Like:
    Muddy Waters
  • Influences:
    Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, The Aces
  • AirPlay Direct Member Since:
    12/08/20
  • Profile Last Updated:
    05/03/21 09:28:50

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