Willie West (backed by the Brooklyn Rhythm Band), Dig Deeper Residents Mr. Robinson and DJ Honky

Willie West (backed by the Brooklyn Rhythm Band)

Willie West is why we started Dig Deeper. An artist who - back in 1960s and 1970s New Orleans recorded a stack of incredible records - but had the misfortune to be released on labels which couldn't or didn't promote them, in Willie's case because they all ended up folding. Only with the passage of time can we rewrite the history of soul music and find those records which were great musically - not just the ones that happened to have the most marketing dollars behind them.

Willie West's first NYC show should have been some 40 years ago at the Apollo Theatre - but somehow, Lee Dorsey stayed on stage (with Willie's band!) a little too long, and New York never got to hear a note. Willie was back in New York in the late 1970s lending vocals to the Meters, playing some of their classic material at an outdoor festival - but not a note of his own. Instead, Willie's first NYC appearance was at Dig Deeper in 2011 - this show will be his second.

Willie West has given us an incredible legacy of soul - from the blazing R&B of "Willie knows how", to a seemingly endless list of aching deep soul ballads like "Don't be ashamed to cry", to the Allen Toussaint-arranged & produced acoustic funk bomb "Fairchild" which fairly drips with the echoes of New Orleans (and likely features the Meters as the uncredited session musicians).

Don't be ashamed if you haven't heard of Willie West...it's taken us many years of searching to assemble his 45s - we've finally tracked down his debut 45, which he will be performing at this show. To say this will be a Dig Deeper to remember is an understatement - once heard, you will never forget Willie West.

Dig Deeper Residents Mr. Robinson and DJ Honky

$15.00 - $20.00


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Willie West (backed by the Brooklyn Rhythm Band), Dig Deeper Residents Mr. Robinson and DJ Honky

Saturday, November 9 · Doors 9:00 PM at Littlefield