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It is no exaggeration to state that the blues is one of the most flexible of musical forms. While most people associate this music with despair, the down and out, and the overcoming of adversity, it is also a sanctuary for much humor about the human condition. While the majority of performers only hint at this and even fewer utilize it effectively, hilarity and good times permeate the music of Blues Recording Artist “Chick Willis”. He can, and often does lay down some serious Blues.
Chick Willis has been the recipient of numerous Awards and honors throughout his musical career. Among them are:
BLUES HALL OF FAME
Living Blues Awards 2006 - Best Live Performer
The Golden Peach Award-An annual Award reminding us of our past and our future, to enrich the lives of all. Proceeds are given to a worthy non-profit organization.
Bluesiest Entertainer of The Year 1982; presented by the Feline Social Club of Kansas City, MO.
The Blues Foundation of Memphis, TN. lifetime Honorary Membership of the Blues Award.
Marla's Memory Lane, for outstanding contribution to the Blues presented by Actress Marla Gibbs January 07,1985
Best Guitarist and Blues Singer Recording Star Award presented by Rubruijut Lounge of Los Angeles, CA August 11,1985
Honorary Citizen of Kansas City, Missouri presented by Mayor Emanuel Clever II on November 25,1993
Blues in School Rhythm and Blues Foundation of Washington, DC Award of appreciation.
John Hope Elementary School of Atlanta, GA Appreciation for services rendered during Black History Month February 24,1998
Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, GA for outstanding achievement in performing Blues February, 24,1998 Grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts, for the Master Artist in the Apprenticeship program 1998.
Recipient of the Jus' Blues "T-Bone Walker" Award. This Award is given in recognition to the great Blues legend Aaron "T-Bone Walker". He was a great Singer, Writer and Guitar player of the 1930's, so it's only fitting that Chick Willis was presented with the first "Jus-Blues T-Bone Walker" Award August,1998 and again in 2007 for Best Traditional Blues Man.
Living Blues Awards 2000-Artist most deserving of wider attention, Living Blues Magazine July / August 2000.
Presented with proclamation by the office of the Mayor of Culloden, GA and the Board of Commissioners of Monroe County, Georgia September 2000.
A Lifetime Achievement Award from Blues Trust Production of Boston, MS presented at the Boston Blues Festival September 2001
Certificate of appreciation, presented by The American Legion Post 249 of Indianapolis, IN November 2001.
A Resolution presented by The House Of Representatives of the State of Georgia April 10, 2002.