Big Willy


Saturday, Sept. 22, 4:00-5:00 pm – Bud Light Stage 

Winner of the 2012 CABS Blues Brawl!

The sound of Michigan blues-rock band Big Willy is difficult to define, yet undoubtedly distinct. Big Willy packs a high-energy blend of growling vocals, lightning-fast guitar licks, and big saxophone into original songs. The band has been together for nearly five years and has opened for Tab Benoit, Smokin’ Joe Kubek and B’nois King, the Deadstring Brothers, and Larry McCray. A mid-Michigan staple, they have performed at festivals around the state as well as at local events, like Festival on the Grand.

Big Willy writes all of the band’s original music, and contributes lead guitar and vocals to create the band’s unmistakable sound. His musical chemistry with his band mates is the glue that holds the appropriately-named band together. “SuperSize” Will Metz is big on sound. His tenor saxophone cranks up the energy as he and Rideoutt battle over who has the fastest fingers, and his smooth, soulful notes call slow dancers onto the floor. “King James” Norris makes sure SuperSize doesn’t lose his rhythm. Norris plays bass guitar and prefers to remain an enigma. The ladies love that about him. Eric Payne is the heartbeat of the band. Always smiling, Payne’s expert drum skills and upbeat vocals breathe life into each song.