From The Archives Of Something Blue August 27 2023
Thanks Marty, today we’re going to hear a rockabilly star from Sweden playing with The Great Larry Donn.
I had recorded Larry Donn before at Blues Fest so I knew how good he played. My friends Terry Carter and Philip Jackson were playing with him at the VFW and Terry told me that Wildfire Willie from Sweden was going to be at the show. I got permission from Larry Donn to record for Something Blue and the rest, as they say, is history.
It was a long time ago on August 18, 1993, at the VFW in Jonesboro, Arkansas. I was already recording and Wildfire Willie and I were talking in the green room while we listened to the show. Wildfire Willie said, “I can’t believe that I’m in Jonesboro, Arkansas, listening to the great Larry Donn.”
I love telling that story because that’s what opened my eyes to how important the music from Northeast Arkansas is to the rest of the world. I mean, here’s a rockabilly musician from Sweden who traveled all the way to Arkansas so he could rub shoulders and play music with some of the great musicians that he loved and that inspired him to start his rockabilly band, Wildfire Willie & The Ramblers.
And the next day, I got in on a little bit of that playing with the greats when we had a jam session at Terry Carters studio and I got to sit in with Larry Donn and Wildfire Willie. That was my first time playing with Larry Donn but not my last, as we got to know each other quite well, over the years.
Playing in The Killer Possum band that night were Larry Donn, piano and vocals; Terry Carter, Sax; Philip Jackson, bass; and Tommy Riley, drums; all fine, outstanding, Northeast Arkansas musicians.
Now, recorded for Something Blue on August 18, 1993, here’s Larry Donn and the Killer Possum Band with guest star Wildfire Willie playing guitar and singing “Wild One”.
Playing With The Greats
And that’s Larry Donn and the Killer Possum Band, live at the VFW, with guest star Wildfire Willie playing guitar and singing “Wild One”. Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00 to hear Taper’s Choice and Circles Around The Sun.
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