Willy Tea Hits the Road with Brett Dennen

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WHO: Willy Tea Taylor, is a celebrated folk singer, songwriter and instrumentalist. A man who wears many hats, he also serves as the co-front man of The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit and is set to drop his sophomore solo album, “Knuckleball Prime” in April 2015. His fan base is ever growing, and so is his calendar, as he has been named the official opening act of Atlantic Records recording artist Brett Dennen’s highly anticipated upcoming tour.

WHAT: Dennen, a Rolling Stone acclaimed pop singer-songwriter, will be hitting the open road for a 21 show tour that spans from February until May. Taylor, who shares Oakdale, CA roots with Blackwing Music as well as Dennen, will appear at 15 of the dates, many of which occur in their home state.

WHEN: Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 – Music Instrument Museum (Phoenix, AZ)

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 – Music Instrument Museum (Phoenix, AZ)

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 – The Orpheum (Flagstaff, AZ)

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 – Sheridan Opera House (Telluride, CO)

Saturday Feb. 7, 2015 – Belly Up Aspen (Aspen, CO)

Sunday Feb, 8, 2015 – Fox Theater (Boulder, CO)

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 – The Imperial (Vancouver, Canada)

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 – Historic Ashland Armory (Ashland, OR)

Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 – Sweetwater Music Hall (Mill Valley, CA)

Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 – City Winery (Napa, CA)

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 – Van Duzer Theater (Arcata, CA)

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 – Fremont Theatre (San Luis Obispo, CA)

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 – Pappy and Harriet’s (Pioneertown, CA)

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 – Coach House (San Juan Capistrano, CA)

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2014 – New Park Theater (San Diego, CA)

Willy Tea Signs Record Deal with Blackwing Music

The news is true fans. Willy Tea is in the studio making a new solo record under the Blackwing Music imprint. Many of you may know Blackwing for the awesome pencils they make and for all of the famous musicians and writers who swear by them. They’ve always done a lot to support music and songwriting so this expansion into the music industry is more of a natural than some may think.

Michale Witcher is producing the album and overseeing this week’s sessions at pH Balanced Studio in Nashville with Grammy winning engineer Phil Harris. Michael has assembled an incredible group of world class session musicians to accompany Will on the album which features all original material.

You can get updates from the sessions by following @Blackwing on instagram. Willy will try and post a few updates to his Facebook page as well but most of his time will be focused on picking and singing his ass off.

Click here to read SavingCountryMusic.com’s story on the record. And click here to learn more about Blackwing Music.

2014 TOUR

3/14- Sonora , Ca (TGLTSO)
Black Oak Casino
9pm free w/ Tom Vanden Avond

3/15- Auburn, Ca (TGLTSO)
Auburn Event Center
Doors at 7 w/ TheRusty Buckets 15$ advance20$ at door

3/16 Felton, Ca( solo)
Don Quixotes
Song Writers Circle w/ Chris Doud and Tom Vanden Avond
Afternoon show 1:30 10$ adv 15$ at door( stoked on this one)

4/9 Bellingham, Wa (solo)
Tba w/ the Sumner Bros

4/10 Vancouver , BC (solo)
Tba w/the Sumner Bros

4/11 Vancouver, BC (solo)
Tba W / The Sumner Bros

4/12 Vancouver, BC (solo)
Tba w/ the Sumner Bros

4/13 Vancouver, BC (solo)
Tba w/ the Sumner Bros

4/16 Seattle, Wa (4 piece)
Tba W/ the sumner bros

4/17 Bend , Oregon (4 piece)
W/ Larry and his flask, the sumner bros and more (free Leonard Petier awareness show

4/18 Cottage Grove, Oregon (4p)
The Axe and Fiddle w/ The Sumner Bros

4/19 Nevada City, Ca(TGLTSO)
The Crazy Horse Saloon w/ the sumner bros

4/24 San Fransiscp( tgltso)
Hotel Utah w/ sumner bros

4/25. Santa Cruz, Ca, ( tgltso)
Moes Alley w/sumner bros

4/26 Los Angeles ca (4 piece)
The echo country outpost w/ sumner bros

4/27 San Diego , Ca (4 piece)
Adams Ave unplugged Festival w/ sumner bros and Willie Watson

The Smell of Old Baseball Gloves

The good folks at Saving Country Music published this interview that called Willy Tea the best songwriter of our generation. Very humbling. You can read the entire interview at SavingCountryMusic.com.

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Michael Witcher Joins Willy Tea (VIDEO)

Legendary dobro player Michael Witcher joined Willy Tea on stage at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in June for two original songs. After “Young When I left Home”, Willy and Mike crusied into “Hummingbird. Enjoy this exclusive look.

Willy to Join Andrew Combs, Willie Watson for Benefit

On Thursday, June 27th, Nashville recording artist Andrew Combs, Old Crow Medicine Show co-founder Willie Watson and Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit frontman Willy Tea Taylor will take part in a special acoustic concert at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa, CA.

The performance will be part of the “Blackwing Sessions” music series in conjunction with the Blackwing Experience, a travelling exhibit honoring creativity and the woodcased pencil. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Blackwing Foundation and its efforts to further arts and music education in schools.

No Depression Magazine named Taylor “one of the most important American singer/songwriters of our time.” Saving Country Music compared Taylor’s songwriting to “those now legendary recordings of Paul Simon in his post-Garfunkel days.”

Watson spent 13 years as lead vocalist and songwriter for Old Crow Medicine Show. Paving the way for other roots bands like Mumford and Sons and the Lumineers, OCMS is best known for taking an unfinished Bob Dylan song (“Wagon Wheel”) and turning it into a cult classic. Watson partook in the historic “Railroad Revival Tour”, traveling to concerts throughout the Southwest exclusively by vintage trains and capturing every moment for the “Big Easy Express,” winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video.

Combs’ “Worried Man” ranked as one of the highest debut albums on American Songwriter Magazine’s annual list of 50 Best Albums of the Year in 2012.  In their album review, American Songwriter declared, “In a world full of pretenders, the Texas bred, Nashville based Combs is the genuine article.”

Along with individual sets, the evening will feature an “in the round” session, during which all three musicians and other special guests will perform original compositions while discussing the songwriting process.

The Blackwing Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2012 by Charles and Ginger Berolzheimer to develop and enhance arts and music programs at the K-12 level.

“We have dedicated ourselves to developing and supporting programs that have a sustainable, positive impact on arts and music engagement for children who might otherwise not have these opportunities,” said Charles Berolzheimer, founder of Palomino and revivalist of the Blackwing pencil. “Money from this show will help us continue to build strong partnerships in 2013 and beyond.”

For further details and ticket information, visit blackwingsessions.eventbrite.com.

For more information on the Blackwing Foundation, visit www.blackwingfoundation.org