Willy Porter Band
February 3, 2023 | Jamf Theatre
Willy Porter Band
Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Willy Porter has been touring solo and with ensembles of different sizes and shapes for over 30 years now. His current band combines Porter’s acoustic and electric fretwork with the dynamic drumming of longtime collaborator Dave Schoepke, ever-present keyboardist/collaborator Dave Adler, songstress Carmen Nickerson on vocals, and recent band addition Eric Madunic on Bass & vocals. Their live sound is a blend of grit, soul & space that moves seamlessly from folk & bluesy Americana to alt and progressive rock in service of Porter’s original tunes.
Willy Porter continues on a musical and personal odyssey that has spanned over two decades, 11 albums, and multiple continents. His journey has been defined by an inquisitive love for humanity and the language that describes what we all hold to be true. Porter’s songs weave a universal perspective about the questions, struggles, and triumphs of human existence. His live shows are guitar-driven grit, soul, silence, and muscle–at times electrifying, dynamic, and unique in the way that Porter’s voice blends and fuses with his fretwork.
A largely self-taught musician, Porter began treating audiences to his brand of guitar playing and wry storytelling in the late 80s while living in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1990, he released his first full-length independent album, "The Trees Have Soul," and his touring life has flowed steadily ever since. Porter has literally logged millions of miles across America, Canada, the UK, and Europe; touring solo, as well as with various incarnations of the Willy Porter Band and in support of artists like Tori Amos, Paul Simon, Jethro Tull, Sting, and Jeff Beck.
Porter’s breakthrough album, "Dog Eared Dream," was released in 1994, and the song “Angry Words” quickly became a staple at the burgeoning Adult Album Alternative (AAA) radio format. This led to a major label deal with BMG/Private Music in 1995. Unfortunately, Private was dismantled by BMG just as Porter was preparing to release his follow-up. With contractual freedom in 1998, Porter quickly signed with the San Francisco-based label Six Degrees. There he released three albums beginning with the studio gem, "Falling Forward" (1999), produced by multiple Grammy-winner Neil Dorfsman (Dire Straits, Sting). The eponymous "Willy Porter" (2001) followed featuring great guest performances by Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull and Tony Levin. His fan-favorite solo disc, "High Wire Live" (2003) was co-produced with Grammy-winner Ben Wisch (Marc Cohn, Shawn Colvin).
Member ticket presale starts December 14. Public ticket on sale begins December 16 at 10 a.m.