Jontavious Willis at Summerstage in Central Park
The Georgian blues phenom sits down for the inaugural Blues Center interview. In this expanded edition Jontavious talks about his mentor Taj Mahal, going down to Louisiana to get a mojo hand and Fats Domino’s update to “Junker’s Blues” with “The Fat Man.” Newly added concert footage from his appearances in New York City add to this mess o’ blues. Oh, and he can play county blues like a much older bluesman.
20 year-old Georgia Bluesman Jontavious Willis in The Blues Center Interview with Ric Stewart, discusses mentor Taj Mahal and playing styles.
This video made possible in part by a Community Partnership grant from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.
Jontavious Willis at The New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival with a revision of Jimmie Rodgers’ “Blue Yodel No. 1 (T for Texas)” a 1928 release that was “a national phenomenon and generated an excitement and record-buying frenzy that no-one could have predicted” (Wikipedia). Rodgers is widely considered the father of country music, meanwhile Jontavious is getting known as a 20 year-old blues phenom, who told me that he’s more than a little bit country. He will be opening for Taj Mahal in March.
Save the Blues’ exclusive interview with Jontavious coming soon…