Young Bluesman Jontavious Willis Visits With Elder Music Makers!

inUncategorizedon August 20, 2015

Jontavious

Jontavious Willis by Aaron Greenhood

Jontavious struck the last note of “Big Road Blues” and both Boo Hanks and Jontavious burst out laughing. A musical connection has a beautiful way of closing an age gap of 70+ years. Here they were in Boo’s living room, just two passionate musicians trading songs and stories, quizzing each other on blues history.

Jontavious Willis, 19 years old, from Greenville, Georgia is a natural musician. His guitar remains in conversation with his smooth tenor throughout each song, so natural it feels like hearing a familiar song for the first time. He’s entirely self taught. A couple weeks ago Jontavious called the Music Maker office and said that he had been watching all of the youtube videos we have posted and that he would love to come visit some of the artists we work with. So, we planned a visit. As we rode up to Boo’s place from Hillsborough, Jontavious told us that he has watched every Music Maker video on youtube at least twice. With ungoverned excitement, he listed off his favorites and proceeded to rattle off dates and bios. He stopped to apologize for his enthusiasm.
Boo Hanks was the first blues musician Jontavious had ever met, and he couldn’t hide his joy.

This was an historic moment. When it was time to go, we had to pry them apart.

— Aaron

  • Christine

    Wow, what talent! Only 19 and self-taught, too…amazing! Has he recorded anything or any plans to?
    Also, do you have info on the painted guitar in the background? It looks like it has a very interesting story. 🙂

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