Profound folk and acoustic music on the more insightful side of the spectrum is hard to come by; folk music in 2012 is generally thought of as "folk pop" or "indie folk", and the names Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Fleetwood Mac get thrown around much less often. Los Angeles singer/songwriter Willie Ames seeks to change that with the re-release of his critically acclaimed disc "Night Owl", which features some wise social commentary on tracks such as "Human Race", and gritty, honest folk on "Night Owl" and "Desert Run". The album features an even mix of Ames's self-taught guitar and banjo playing with insightful lyrics and vocals that pay tribute to his influences.
Willie has been recognized as "Solo Artist of the Year" at the 2010 Los Angeles Music Awards, and "Best Male Performer" at the 2011 eMusic Awards, as well as receiving coverage in publications like SPIN Magazine and Relix Magazine. He's toured all 50 states, and has recently announced he'll be doing it again; initial dates are listed below.
New dates will be posted to www.myspace.com/willieames.
Cosmic Railroad Festival, Gays Mills, WI, Jul 28
Birdy's Bar & Grill, Indianapolis, IN, Jul 31
Prairie Berry Winery, Hill City, SD; Aug 3
P&H Cafe - Memphis, TN; Aug 22
Bluebird Cafe - Nashville, TN; Aug 23
Dunn Bros Coffee - Katy, TX; Aug 24
Spotlight Music Cafe - Fit Collins, CO; Aug 28