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Willie King

Willie King an Alabama blues singer and guitarist whose career took him from backwoods juke joints to the largest blues festivals in North America and Europe.

King appeared in the 2003 Martin Scorsese film Feel Like Going Home and was named Blues Artist of the Year by Living Blues magazine in 2004. In 1997 he founded the Freedom Creek blues festival. He began recording in 1999 when he made Freedom Creek, the first of his acclaimed albums.

King was one of those old-school juke joint players, but his music also reflected his lifelong role as a social activist. He called them 'struggling blues,'
Brett Bonner Magazine editor

King often visited schools, telling his life story and teaching children about the blues music that he loved.

King was born in Prairie Point, Miss., but when he was 6 years old he moved to west Alabama with his sharecropping grandparents

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Willie King Alabama Blues Singer, Guitarist

Willie King Alabama Blues Singer, Guitarist

Willie King, 65, an Alabama blues singer and guitarist whose career took him from backwoods juke joints to the largest blues festivals in North America and Europe, died Sunday in Alabama. King had a heart attack at his home in the Old Memphis community of Pickens County near the Mississippi line, said band member Debbie Bond. ...

Living in a New World

Label: Rooster Blues
Released: 2002
Track listing: 1. Living in a New World 2. Crawlin' Blues 3. The Stomper 4. America 5. You so Evil 6. All Tied Up 7. You Got to Have Love 8. Ain't Gonna Work 9. Is It My Imagination 10. Terrorized 11. The Blues Life (monologue)

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Willie King and the Liberators: Living in a New World

Read "Living in a New World" reviewed by Charlie B. Dahan

Willie King follows his critically acclaimed album “Freedom Creek,” with an equally masterful recording of conscious blues that while highly entertaining, packs the punch of a Bob Marley song. On “Living in a New World,” King turns his insightful observation from statements on social injustice and prejudice to thoughts of redemption and optimism that despite everything ...

Freedom Creek

Label: Rooster Blues
Released: 2000


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