Anthony Paule has been a mainstay of the Bay Area music scene for many years touring and recording with luminaries such as Boz Scaggs, Charlie Musselwhite, Johnny Adams, Maria Muldaur, The Johnny Nocturne Band, Norton Buffalo, John Nemeth, and others. Anthony has released two solo CDs, Big Guitar, and Hiding In Plain Sight. For his most recent releases he has teamed up with Philadelphia based soul singer Frank Bey. Their first CD, You Don’t Know Nothing, is a live recording done at Biscuits & Blues nightclub in downtown San Francisco. The second release with Frank is Soul For Your Blues which is a studio recording consisting of 13 tracks, 8 originals and 5 interesting covers from diverse sources such as John Prine, Percy Mayfield and Wynonie Harris. Released June, 2015 the latest CD from the Bey Paule Band titled Not Goin’ Away. This recording features the full eight piece band performing 10 original tracks along with 2 thoughtfully chosen cover tunes.
 
A Soulman’s Soulman, unrivaled singer Wee Willie Walker sets the bar high for those who wish to climb aboard the SoulTrain. Born in Mississippi, raised in Memphis, and currently residing in Minnesota, where Willie has persevered in the vibrant Minneapolis music scene. Walker can often be found around the greater St Paul/Minneapolis area, performingπ with his group, We-R. In 2002 Walker put out a self-titled record, leading to fronting local band The Butanes, and Willie has been mesmerizing festival audiences in the US, Europe and South America, ever since. In the early 60s as a member of gospel’s Redemption Harmonizers, Willie developed the glorious, sublime voice we hear today. In 1967, friends in Memphis, introduced Willie to the  outstanding R&B, and Soul label, GoldWax Records. This is when and where he began recording secular music. Gold Wax later leased four of his recorded sides, for commercial release on the Chicago-based Checker Records. Most recently, Willie’s release on Little Village Foundation records, If Nothing Ever Changes, has earned him three Blues Music Award nominations; and put him on Living Blues Magazine’s Editor’s Top 10 Picks for 2015. Will won Living Blues Magazine Awards for Best Comeback Album of 2016; and Soul Blues Album of 2016. Walker’s voice is nothing shy of a soul-defining epiphany. You can hear passion, peace, love and pain in each spellbinding phrase. With considerable beauty, depth and richness, Willie subtly coaxes the listener’s ear through a range of heart-melting emotions one usually feels only from a lover. When you listen to Willie sing, it’s obvious who his influences are - Sam Cooke,Little Willie John, Otis Redding, and James Carr. Can it get any better than this? No!
 
Few vocalists own the stage like Terrie Odabi. When the statuesque Oakland native begins to sing, a hush falls over the audience. They’re about to take a ride through the highs and lows of soul music, led by a beautiful singer who packs her shows with heart-pumping energy and poignant memories. Whether it’s opening for Average White Band or Lenny Williams, or performing at the Concord Pavilion or the Fillmore Jazz Festival, Terrie’s finely honed instrument is matched by her generous spirit and wit. “Has anyone here lost their mojo? Raise your hand if you’re suffering from a mojo deficiency,” she asks the crowd at the Monterey Blues Festival. From that point on, she has them in the palm of her hand as she proceeds to testify. “Terrie’s got soul and charm. Her voice soars and draws you in and makes you feel good. She is full of surprises!” enthuses trombonist Steve Turre, member of the Saturday Night Live Band and professor at the Julliard School of Music. Turre, who has performed and co-written with Terrie, dubs her “a jewel from the Bay Area.” Terrie performs original stirring blues straight from the soul. Her compelling arrangements create a contemporary sound that support Terrie's witty lyrics and compelling voice. She takes pride in her urban roots, appealing to a wide, new audience.

"Terrie Odabi is easily the most dynamic blues and soul woman to have emerged in the Bay Area since Etta James came out of San Francisco’s Fillmore District in the Fifties. Terrie has a powerful set of pipes, writes terrific tunes, leads a kicking band, and has onstage movements that perfectly match the rhythms of her material. Surely stardom awaits her." - Lee Hildebrand, S F. Chronicle, Living Blues Magazine

 

photo by Rolf Jenni

Anthony Paule

Wee Willie Walker

Terrie Odabi