Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Music Matters Entertainment and WorkPlay Theatre proudly present Wet Willie’s CD Release & Mardi Gras Concert at WorkPlay in Birmingham, AL on Friday, February 8, 2013, at 8 pm.

Music Matters Entertainment and WorkPlay Theatre proudly present Wet Willie’s CD Release & Mardi Gras concert on Friday, February 8, 2013, at 9:00 p.m. at WorkPlay, 500 23rd Street South, Birmingham, AL. Wear your favorite mask and be ready to dance and party the night away with the South’s finest southern rock and southern soul band.

Wet Willie released “Miles of Smiles,” a new live album on Hittin’ the Note Records, in January 2012, their first live album since 1977’s “Left Coast Live.” Although they usually are associated with the Southern rock scene in Macon, GA during the ’70s, Wet Willie was always about R&B, funk, soul and greasy blues. They were a band best experienced in a live setting. Front man Jimmy Hall was who Mick Jagger really wanted to be, and the group played with a fire that could burn down any venue. After a string of successful albums, Wet Willie called it a day in 1982, but now they are back and better than ever, as Miles of Smiles proves. Recorded in August 2011, this album is full of high-octane music and captures the essence of a Wet Willie performance. The family-oriented group now consists of Jimmy on lead vocals, sax and harp, brother Jack on bass and sister Donna Hall-Foster on vocals. Joining them are long-time guitarist/vocalist Ric Seymour, with T.K. Lively on drums, Ricky Chancey on guitar and keyboardist Bobby Mobley. Miles of Smiles includes some Wet Willie favorites, including “Street Corner Serenade,” “Grits Ain’t Groceries,” “Country Side of Life,” “Easy Street,” “Lucy Was in Trouble” and “Keep on Smiling,” among other Wet Willie favorites and a few songs from Jimmy Hall’s solo career.

“They remind us that although four decades have passed, whenever Wet Willie takes the stage, they are still drippin’ wet with talent and passion.” –Hittin’ the Note Magazine

The band will be selling the new CD and other merchandise, and will sign all merch following the concert. Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 day of show, and are available at WorkPlay, (205) 879-4773 or www.workplay.com

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