Garret T. Willie is an old soul masquerading as an uncommonly wise, weathered, witty and world-weary 23-year-old and he's about to give rock 'n' roll a formidable 21st-century kick in the ass.
He hails from Cormorant Island, off the coast of British Columbia but while Willie’s Indigenous backstory also gives him more right than most to sing the blues – he’d rather that not be the whole story.
Willie is the personification of an open book in the lyric sheet to his debut record Same Pain. What he offers the world is something it has genuinely been missing for awhile: a contemporary take onhardscrabble blues and the purest and rawest rock 'n' roll to follow its teachings thereafter.
He’s studiously schooled in all the right source material, from Howlin’ Wolf, Albert King and Muddy Waters to Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis to The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Stevie RayVaughan, and everyone else who’s carried the torch into the present, with a little Johnny Cash andHank Williams thrown in for some outlaw-country flavour on the side.
And that’s why, on Same Pain, Garret T. Willie can not only really rip it up on the guitar, but also with the gut-busting honesty of someone who understands that if you ain’t lived it, you shouldn’t sing it.
Garret T. Willie has absolutely no interest in emulating the musical past and his heroes. His interest isonly in channeling every ounce of the classic blues and rock 'n' roll he venerates so deeply intosomething new.