Folk workgroup presents: An interview with The Willis Clan & a playlist

Last week, we had some really stellar CD submissions that we listened to. Of course, there was the new Jackson Browne CD, “Standing in the Breach” that was highly anticipated but additionally there were two other artists who we super enjoyed. Michiale, “Life First” is a mix of eclectic vocal harmonies and experimental guitar strumming. Jacob Hungsberg’s “Mapril Sessions” is some new age Simon & Garfunkel with a soothing voice and chord progression–but eerily like Simon & Garfunkel.

One of the members of the workgroup, Anita, hosts a Celtic music show, All Things Irish, 6-8 PM on Tuesdays. Last week she interviewed The Willis Clan and she transcribed part of the interview to share with the public:

The Willis Clan
The Willis Clan

Twelve children, ages 22 to 3 years of age. In their website, the Willis Clan mentioned, “We have chosen to take paths less traveled and love it.” I posed a question to the mom, Brenda Willis, in regards to what inspired them to go in the direction of the “path less traveled.” While answering that question, I mentioned that I personally observed during their live performances how each of the kids exude confidence. They each know what they’re good at, and yet they know how to work together.

 Brenda Willis responded with this:

“You know, it’s funny a lot of people enjoy our music very much. But to tell you the honest truth, the comments that I get are more with regards to the family and doing this together as a family, and how much they enjoy seeing brothers and sisters work together. I get everything from the music and the recording, but even setting up our gear beforehand and taking care of each other afterwards. It really is a blessing to people to see a family doing something together and working hard to accomplish something. And they enjoy all the traveling and the touring, meeting folks, and all the beautiful sites that we see. But it would really be impossible if they didn’t work together. So we do encourage them to work together and to set aside differences that are in every family. And I won’t lie. They’re normal kids. They all have their moments when they don’t want to get along. But they have to get through that and get past that. They’re not perfect. Nobody is. But you have to work through that if you want to accomplish something really great.”

Folk workgroup’s playlist:

1. James Carr – You Got My Mind Messed Up

2. Mikayla McVey – eyebrow blues/ Mother California

3. Neil Halstead – Wittgenstein’s Arm

4. Big Mama Thornton – They Call Me Big Mama

5. Lucinda Williams – Can’t Let Go

6. Sugar Pie Desanto – Rock Me Baby

7. Howlin’ Wolf – Evil

8. Lonnie Johnson – Too Late to Cry

9. Taj Mahal – Checkin’ Up On My Baby

10. Mary Jane Lamond – Mo Ghille Mór Foghain’each

11. Loggins and Messina – Danny’s Song

12. Jose Gonzalez – Heartbeats

13. Jackson Browne – The Birds of St. Mark’s

14. Forrest Sun – Coming Along

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