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Big Daddy Wilson

Big Daddy Wilson

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  • Fri 13 Apr ’12, 8:00pm


The Boathouse, 326 Wakefield Quay, Nelson


All Ages Licensed

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  • Pre-sale via Everyman: $15.00
  • Door sale: $20.00

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Big Daddy Wilson

Big Daddy Wilson was born more than 50 years ago in small town Edenton, North Carolina, USA. Population 6000, 55% African Americans, 25% below the poverty line.

“We were very poor, but I had a very beautiful childhood, me and my sisters were raised by Mom and Grandma. We lived a simple life, we went to church every Sunday. As a child I worked in the tobacco fields and in the cotton fields, I was a real country boy and a member of the Union Grove Jr. Gospel Choir."

Wilson sang in church, but never thought about going on stage. “I was extremely shy”.

Young Wilson quit school at the age of 16, and later joined the US Army. Back in Edenton he had listened to music only in church and from the local, country radio station.

“I met the blues in Germany. I didn’t know what the blues was before, I found a part of me that was missing for so long in my life."

The shy guy who had written some poems started looking for melodies, went on stage, jammed all over the German blues scene and made an impression with his warm and soulful voice. He has since released 8 studio albums and performed world-wide.

Wilson is joined by Steve 'Guitar' Gilles, (NZ) who performed with Wilson in Germany almost twenty odd years ago, This will be a reunion tour of NZ of the special and personal kind.

The second half of the evening will see a full band performance with support from some of Nelson's finest local musicians on bass, drums and sax.

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