The Big Bill Harwell Band is a top-notch blues band based out of the Flint Michigan area. Fronting the band is singer/guitar player William “Big Bill Harwell.” From the very first note you realize that Big Bill is the real deal, a true bluesman. For over 35 years he has been playing nothing but the blues. His love and respect for the music shows in his guitar playing and singing in every performance.
It also shows with the musicians that he surrounds himself with. His band has been asked to share the stage with a “who’s who” in the blues world. In just the last few years the band has opened for such great blues legends as Bobby “Blue” Bland, Sir Mack Rice, Larry McCray, Carl Weathersby, Kenny Neal, John Primer, James Armstrong, Joanna Connors and many more.
The current band is loaded with musical talent. All the members sing which brings a nice texture to the music. On bass hailing from Owosso, Michigan is Steve “Big Daddy” Annibal who has been playing music for over 40 years. He knows when to lay back and also when to drive a great blues band like few others. He has played many styles of music but blues is where he really shines. Not just an amazing musician but a talented performer as well.
On drums is multi-instrumentalist Dan Gerics who is from Flint, Mi. His talent on drums is second to none. He is an amazing percussionist and vocalist as well. His vast experience and laid back attitude offers that solid foundation needed in a great blues band.
Big Bill’s daughter Kelly Harwell is a captivating vocalist. Her years of experience comes from performing in school choirs and functions and in her father’s bands over the years. Don’t let her unassuming good looks and sweet disposition fool you, this girl can sing!
On harp from Flint, Michigan is Gary “Wiggy” Stillwagon. With over 25 years experience playing the Mississippi saxophone, his talent cannot be denied. His tone is nothing but the blues!
If you want a real blues band that plays with passion and conviction, look no further than the Big Bill Harwell Band.
Big Bill Harwell - guiatar / vocal
Kelly Harwell - vocal
Steve "Big Daddy" Annibal - bass / vocal
Dan Gerics - drums / vocal
"Wiggy" Gary Stillwagon - harp