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Jontavious Willis


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He’s a great new voice of the twenty-first century in the acoustic blues. I just love the way he plays.

—Taj Mahal

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.

Living Blues Magazine

Hailing from Greenville, Georgia, Jontavious 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 blues—all types, from Delta to Piedmont, Texas, and gospel; as a fingerpicker, flat-picker, and slide player; on guitar, harmonica, banjo, and cigar box.

Four years later he was playing on Taj Mahal’s stage. Currently Willis is finishing his studies at Columbus State University. 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. He is someone who has mastered the craft, but who also has the blues deep down in his heart and soul.

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