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The Jackson Blues Band

The Jackson Blues Band
    Savannah Bluesman Willie and the Jackson Blues Music Band

    Here's a little information about Willie and his band.

    Willie Jackson, Jr. was the only male child born to the late Rev. Willie Jackson, Sr. and Annie Pearl (Sharpe) Jackson. He was the youngest of 6 children.  Born in 1959 in Millen, Georgia. at the age of 3 Willie moved to Savannah, Georgia where he resides today.  As the only son, Rev. Jackson believed that if a man didn't work, he'd steal and so he started working at the age of 7 as a shoeshine boy in a local barbershop. 

    Growing up he had many types of jobs. Willie started his musical career in the church playing the drums, guitar and singing in the choir.  Willie was very athletic and played basketball and other sports in high school.  One day while working at a local chemical plant in Savannah, Willie heard a song come over the radio and claimed he could write better songs.  A co-worker overheard him and challenged him to prove it. The next thing he realized, he was writing songs daily on his work breaks and he hasn't stopped writing since!

    After an on the job railroad accident in 2009, Willie could no longer work and found himself on disability.  He turned to music to pass his time.  A friend had a local band in Savannah and he invited Willie out to hear the band.  When he noticed him in the audience, he invited him up to sing.  He sang a Muddy Waters song and one of his own originals which was one of the first Blues songs Willie ever wrote titled "Give me my Rib Back ".

    That event kicked off Willies public performance career. When word got around that he was performing at a small beach bar on Tybee Island, a drummer came to see him perform and wanted to join in. Other musicians from the area expressed their interest in playing with Willie and soon he accumulated a band consisting of drums, guitar, bass and harmonica and they played Blues every Sunday for 8 months. 

    Since then, he has performed at many local venues, including long-standing gigs on River Street and Tybee.  He's performed at many music festivals and has now accomplished releasing an EP in 2016 titled "Chosen by The Blues" and a full length CD in 2018 titled "All in the Blues" both with all original music. In 2019, "All in the Blues" won Indie Music Channel awards in the categories of Best Blues Song and Best Blues Songwriter

    In 2020, the song "Come Here Junior" from the same album, won Best Blues Song and Best Blues Recording and in 2021 the album kept winning with Best Blues Song for the song titled "Give me my Rib Back" and Best Blues Recording for "Stranger in My Hole" and Best Blues Artist for "She Needs Satisfied". Willie will be flying to LA in September 2022 to accept his induction in the Indie Music Channel Hall of Fame.

    Musical influences include BB King, Muddy Waters, Lightening Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Eric Clapton, Albert King, Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughn among many more.


    Songs You are Likely to hear:

    Ever Been Mistreated - Lightnin' Hopkins

    Let the Good Times Roll - BB King

    Caldonia - Muddy Waters

    Hello Josephine - Ry Cooter

    Big Bone Woman - Willie Jackson

    Give me Back my Wig - Houndog Taylor

    Kansas City Blues - Fats Domino

    Next Door Neighbor -Gary Clark Jr

    Pride and Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughn

    Stranger in my Hole - Willie Jackson

    Statesboro Blues - Blind Willie McTell

    Just got Back from Baby - ZZ Top

    Don't you lie to Me - Albert Collins

    Been Downhearted - BB King

    Back Door Man - Howlin' Wolf

    Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding

    Night Train - Tab Benoit

    Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett

    Too Many Dirty Dishes - Albert Collins

    One Way Out - The Allman Brothers

    Mojo Working - Muddy Waters

    Before you Accuse me - Eric Clapton

    Crossroads Blues - Robert Johnson

    Stormy Monday - T-Bone Walker

    Just an Old Dog - Willie Jackson

    La Grange - ZZ Top

    Sweet Lil' Angel - BB King

    Why You Still Mad - Willie Jackson

    Too Many Drivers - Albert Collins

    Hoochie Coochie - Muddy Waters

    Red House - Jimmie Hendrix

    Rock Me Baby - Muddy Waters 

    Digging my Shovel - Willie Jackson

    Run Thru the Jungle - CCR

    Steamroller Blues - James Taylor

    Big Boss Man - Jimmy Reed

    Black Cat Bone - Albert Collins

    The Sky is Crying - Stevie Ray Vaughn

    Texas Flood - Stevie Ray Vaughn

    Lil' Red Rooster - Howlin' Wolf

    The Thrill is Gone - BB King

    Sleeping on the Job - Willie Jackson

    Born Under a Bad Sign - Albert King

    I Can't Quit You Baby - Otis Rush

    Champagne and Reefer - Muddy Waters

    I Had my Fun - Lightnin Hopkins

    Tore Down - Freddie King

    Whole Book is Wet - Willie Jackson

    I'll Throw You Back - Willie Jackson

    Ain't no Sunshine - Bill Withers

    You are So Beautiful - Joe Cocker

    Honky Tonk Woman - Rolling Stones

    Start me Up - Rolling Stones

    Boom Boom - John Lee Hooker

    Use Me - Bill Withers

    Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd

    Tennessee Whiskey - Chris Stapleton

    Brick House - The Commodores

    Purple Rain - Prince 

    Lowdown - Boz Skaggs

    Hey Joe - Jimi Hendrix

    Georgia on My Mind - Ray Charles

    Sissy Strut - The Meters

    I Shot the Sheriff - Bob Marley

    Stir It Up - Bob Marley

    Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry

    Long Train Running - The Doobie Brothers