Guitarist/folksinger/eclectic musician Paul Metsa was responsible for the first meeting of blues/soul singers Willie West and Willie Walker (of the Butanes), and the collaboration continues. Memphis soul man Walker and New Orleans blues/funk veteran West converge for some sweet sounds together.
Paul Metsa is a 30 year veteran of the MN music scene. He has won 7 MN Music Awards, including 2005 Americana Artist of the year. He has performed over 5,000 professional gigs in the Twin Cities, and has released 11 original recording projects on his label MaximumFolk.com (formerly Raven Records.)
One of the great soul and blues singers in the Twin Cities, Willie Walker has lent his sweet tenor voice to a number of high-profile projects, yet still remains one of the region’s best kept secrets. He manages to reinvent all of the soul classics you know and love, done in Walker’s own inimitable style.
Soul singer Willie West has been performing for 55 years, mostly in the New Orleans area. Since Hurricane Katrina, West has been living and performing in St. Cloud, MN. Before leaving New Orleans, West had worked with the who’s who of New Orleans R&B, from arranger Wardell Quezergue to bandleader Deacon John and producer Allen Toussaint, and even had a short stint singing in the Meters during the band’s last days.