Friday, August 3, 2012

Interview with Willie Ames, The Great Unknowns Presents, EP 163

Today’s featured guest is a multi-award winning Folk/Rock artist from Poway, CA. While it says he lives in Los Angeles, CA, his real home is on the road and on a stage at a venue near you.

Having toured and played in all 50 states, he was recognized for this accomplishment with an award for National Solo Artist of the Year, plus he was invited to perform at the 2011 Phoenix Music Awards.

Willie Ames has been honored for several other awards and accolades including two awards at the Los Angeles Music Awards in 2010 and 2011 for Solo Artist of the Year and Instrumental Artist of the Year, plus he received another nomination for Hot Adult Contemporary Artist for the 22nd Annual Los Angeles Music Awards which coming up on November 15.

You might be asking, “how is a man whom I’ve never heard of is gaining so much attention?” Perhaps, it’s his honest lyrics and guitar play with a genre that is slowly dying from mainstream radio. As the younger generations are flocking towards more flashy scene with the likes of Hip Hop, Dubstep, and Metalcore, but the truth is, Folk Rock has never gone away. In fact, it’s more popular than ever. We just don’t hear it on the radio as often as we should.

Since the age of 5, Willie Ames has been developing his skills as a precision guitarist with the ability to play several string instruments including the 5-string banjo, steel guitar, and any current or classical guitar around. In his latest album, Night Owl, Aames demonstrates his finger picking style throw out, especially in songs like Human Race, Night Owl, and in the Fleetwood Mac cover, “Never Going Back Again”.

Throughout the 10-track album, there is distinct inspiration of musical greats like Lindsey Buckingham of Fleedmac, Dire Straits, even the vocal style of John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater, so if you enjoy music that is both modern with an American Folk Rock fusion, then you will absolutely enjoy the sounds of Night Owl by Willie Ames.

Find more from Willie Ames:
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