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Son Jack Jr & Michael Wilde

Son Jack Jr & Michael Wilde are an award winning traditional blues duo based out of Seattle, WA.    Neither are strangers to the music industry, counting 30+ years of touring and recording experience between them, both in the US and Europe.  They released their first joint album (“Walk The Talk”) in September 2010 and have received widespread and regular national airplay peaking at #2 Picks To Click on XM/Sirius Radio and hit #49 on the National Roots Music blues).

The duo’s spirited and energetic acoustic performances are what set them apart, and live shows have been described as “intoxicating, intense, exciting experiences”.  We play blues in the way we believe it was intended to sound back in the day, meaning rough and ready dance music, if you know what I mean”. Theirrepertoire consists of predominantly original material but also pays respect to a carefully chosen set of covers by the likes of Charley Patton, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Big Bill Broonzy, RL Burnside  and Tommy Johnson among others.  The songs we choose to cover are those that personally connect with us.  When you come to a show you’re guaranteed a good time.  However, we’re not your typical weekend party band, so if you’re looking for “Mustang Sally” we’re probably not gonna make your night”. However, this approach seems to work as evidenced by the reaction of many at their live shows where dancing is common, and many would say, unavoidable. 

 

The duo is much in demand and has performed at every major venue in Washington and Oregon. Some of the highlights to date include sharing the stage with Charlie Musselwhite, Magic Slim, Coco Montoya, Sonny Landreth and Candye Kane.  They appeared at Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival in 2009 and again in 2010.  As if that wasn’t enough, they also earned the right to compete at the International Blues Challenge semi-finals in Memphis, TN in 2009 and 2010.  In February 2012, they had the honor to travel to St Louis to open for Chuck Berry.

 

The latest album (Walk The Talk) released on September 1, 2010 and has garnered significant praise so far, including reviews in Living Blues and Blues Revue.

 

·         ASTONISHING…"Walk The Talk“ will have you no doubt, correcting your vision and seeing this style of blues in a whole new and appreciative light “ John Vermilyea, Blues Underground Network

·         EXCEPTIONAL ... A run out and buy it record for anybody who loves Southern blues music. Top shelf material!"  Greg Johnson, President, Cascade Blues Society

·         "UNBELIEVABLE  "Walk The Talk" is by far the best Traditional Blues Album I have listened to all year“ Jonathan Richards, Host of “Blues House” on KSER 90.7FM

 

Awards/Recognition:

 

2012

·       Winner: "Best Solo/Duo Blues Act" (WA Blues Society)

·       Winner: Regional IBC (South Sound Blues Association)

2011:

·         Winner: "Best Acoustic Blues Guitar" (WA Blues Society)

·         WA Blues Society “Best of the Blues” Awards:  Also nominated for Best Solo/Duo act, Best Traditional Blues Band.

2010:

·         Winner: Top 10 “Sleeper” album of 2010 (Blues Bytes)

·         Winner: Best USA Blues Album 2010 (Blues Underground)

·         Winner: Best self-produced CD (WA Blues Society)

·         Winner "Best Solo/Duo act" with Michael Wilde (WA Blues Society)

·         Winner "Best Traditional Blues Band" with Michael Wilde (WA Blues Society)

·         Semi-finalist 26th International Blues Challenge, Memphis TN

·         WA Blues Society “Best of the Blues” Awards:  Also nominated for Best Acoustic Blues Guitar.

2009:

·         Winner "Best Solo/Duo act" with Michael Wilde (WA Blues Society)

·         Winner "Best Traditional Blues Band" with Delta Hothouse (WA Blues Society)

·         Semi-finalist 25th International Blues Challenge, Memphis TN

·         Winner Regional IBC (Cascade Blues Assoc)

·         WA Blues Society “Best of the Blues” Awards: Also nominated for Best Acoustic Blues Guitar, Best Songwriter, Best Writer and Best New Blues Band

2008:

·         Winner Regional IBC (South Sound Blues Association).

·         Winner  Best self produced CD (When The Devil Calls) South Sound Blues Association

·         WA Blues Society “Best of the Blues” Awards: Nominated for Best Traditional Blues act, Best Solo/Duo act, Best Acoustic Guitar, Best Songwriter.

 

What others are saying

  • “I love country blues and don’t hear much these days so I was happy to hear the new CD by Son Jack Jr. He must really love country blues because he sure has the feel”. CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE

  • "Son Jack Jr. and Michael Wilde summoned the devil at the crossroads...I swear John Lee was seen to hover about the room" Ty Hitzemann, BUKO MAGAZINE

  • “…his accomplished playing and songwriting skills make him an artist to watch” BLUESWAX

  •  “…he makes you shiver. His beautiful voice, his perfectly timed licks and his never ceasing love for the Mississippi Delta amaze me.” ROOTSTIME

  • “…an amazingly talented player and singer of the Delta Blues. Fans of the Delta Blues will quickly fall in love with the unique way Son Jack Jr. offers his special interpretation of that style.” BLUES UNDERGROUND NETWORK

  • “…Original back porch, acoustic blues that's flavored with the founders of this art form. If you have a soul his music connects to it.” BLUESLETTER