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Willie Lomax was born and raised in Miami, Florida.
His father was a jazz drummer, playing with Cannonball Adderley, Billy
Eckstine, June Christy, Al Haig, George Shaw & Blue Mitchell during the
1950's jazz scene in the Miami - Ft. Lauderdale area, and the records of
Cannonball, Miles Davis, Count Basie and Duke Ellington would be on in
the house night after night. At age 9, Willie started on the trumpet,
switching to the guitar at age 18 when he moved to Tallahassee, Fl. The
first song he performed live was Muddy
Waters' hit "Manish Boy" and, after seeing Muddy live in Tallahassee
the following year, the blues became an integral part of Willie's life.
Making Tampa, Florida home since 1985, Willie has recorded and/or shared the stage with: Frank Frost, Sam Carr, Big Jack Johnson, Carey Bell, Sam Myers, Arthur Williams, Super Chikan, Ronnie Earl, James Peterson, Lucky Peterson, Eric Gales, Diamond Teeth Mary, the Hi-Rythm section of Leroy Hodges and Howard Grimes, Jerry Martini, Rock Bottom, Troy Turner, Walfredo reyes Jr. and Shawn Brown.
Willie has played the Long Beach Blues Festival featuring Robert Cray, the http://www.bluesandheritagefest.com/ Blues Festival featuring Albert King, the Rock Crusher Canyon Blues Festival featuring Buddy Guy, the Riverwalk Blues Festival featuring Ronnie Earl and the Tampa Bay Blues Festival featuring Delbert McClinton.
Willie's CD "GIVE ME BACK MY TEETH" charted at #25 on the Living Blues National Radio Charts and garnered the Real Blues Awards best independent release in 1996. His CD "RIBS ARE READY" charted at # 16 on the Living Blues Radio Charts and garnered three more Real Blues Awards, one for Shawn Brown as vocalist of the year, best independent blues release and one for best production. The disc also featured two Lomax originals which appeared in the feature film "TULLY". Other songs from the disc have appeared on THE CHRIS ISAAK SHOW and on numerous MTV shows.