Willie has shared the stage with acts as diverse as Styx, Ten Years After, Canned Heat, Roger Miller, Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Larry McCray, Steven Page (Bare Naked Ladies), and many, many more. He has performed at venues from Key West to Canada. Whether on Delta-style bottleneck slide steel, 6 and 12-string acoustic, cigar box, diddly bow, or electric guitars, ukulele, harmonica, or keyboards, either solo as a “one-man-band” or as "Sweet Willie and the Tea Bones", his shows are guaranteed crowd pleasers.
Then an accident left Willie's left hand paralyzed.
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Though he never missed a performance date, Willie depended on a brace to hold his fingers in place on the guitar as he learned to play the piano and harmonica. After a long year as a one-handed musician his arm slowly began to mend and Willie was able to "relearn" how to handle the guitar. That sobering year of uncertainty inspired Willie to "never take a moment of life or music for granted".
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He decided to focus exclusively on recording and playing the blues.