Every generation or so a young bluesman bursts onto the scene who sends a jolt through blues lovers, who has not only mastered the craft but who has the blues deep down in his heart and soul. At the age of 20, bluesman JONTAVIOUS WILLIS may be the one.
Hailing from Greenville, Georgia, WILLIS grew up singing gospel music at the Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church with his grandfather. At the age of 14, he came across a YouTube video of Muddy Waters playing “Hoochie Coochie Man” and was hooked. That’s when he set his course on the deep roots blues styles of Delta, Piedmont, Texas, and gospel, performing them as a fingerpicker, flat-picker and slide player on guitar, harmonica, banjo and cigar box.
And four years later he was playing on Taj Mahal’s stage. “Only a few like him emerge every decade or so, when even the most hard core blues fans realize immediately that this is the real deal,” says LIVING BLUES MAGAZINE. Currently the young bluesman is finishing his studies at Columbus State University, majoring in sociology. But on most weekends you can find him playing a small house show, up on the main stage or posting music videos for his friends and fans around the world.