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.
The latest Blues Center video offers a cigar box guitar primer. It covers the 2018 New Orleans Cigar Box Festival with an interview of founder Collins Kirby and live clips from Samantha Fish, Little Freddie King, Steve Arvey, April Mae & The June Bugs and Ivor Simpson Kennedy. Find out more about Bo Diddley, the premiere cigar box player of all time. Little Freddie and Bo Diddley both hail from McComb, MS.
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…