Among the amazing talent of this legendary City is a band of world-class wonderful Mobilians that I am blessed to call friends. My love of Wet Willie was passed down to me from my father – John Gwin Sr – like a family heirloom. The Hall Family and extended members are a perfect southern gumbo of the best sounds in the world that make up what we call ‘MUSIC”. Influenced by the sounds of the swampy delta of Mississippi, the aisles of the most soulfully raucous churches, the hard-edge funky life of big city streets, the beautiful words of the lads from Liverpool, the high lonesome sounds of the hills and more importantly the unique, authentic, and easily recognizable sounds of DIP (Dauphin Island Parkway).
Even as a naive southern boy I think the music of Wet Willie helped me understand what real integration could be, look like, and sound. A physical display on vinyl of how differences and styles when respected and listened to intently can be mixed in a perfect combination of flow, unity, beauty, and something greater as it’s sum than it’s parts. I can’t wait to see Wet Willie on Church Sunday (at 1065 Festival), and I will thank the Lord that he created them and my Dad thought it was important enough to share them with his son.
Long Live Wet Willie!
Johnny G’s All Time Top 5 Wet Willie Tunes:
#4. She Caught The Katy (Taj Mahal)
#3. Country Side Of Life
#2. Grits Ain’t Grocery
#1. Everything That ‘Cha Do (Will Come Back To You)
Wet Willie takes the stage at TenSixtyFive Festival – Sunday, October 2, 2016 – 4.30-5.30PM on the Wind Creek Casino Stage.
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