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Little Bit A Blues Band
little bit of blues
A D.C. favorite, Little Bit A Blues, which combines Warner Williams' warm vocals and Piedmont guitar picking with Jay Summerour's harmonica. Warner is a native of Takoma Park, Md., and has been part of Washington's blues scene since the '50s. Jay is a veteran of the Starland Vocal Band and the Cambridge Harmonica Orchestra. The pair has played the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival. They opened the American Roots 4th of July Festival on the Mall.
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Williams and Summerour began playing together during the early 1990s, sometimes calling themselves “Little Bit of Blues.” They have been featured in concerts, on television and radio, and at festivals across the country, including appearances on the National Public Radio series Folk Masters, at the National and Lowell folk festivals and on the National Mall during the American Roots Fourth of July celebration.
--excerpt from The American Folklife Center and the Public Service Collections Directorate at the Library of Congress

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Guitarist and songster Warner Williams of Takoma Park MD is one of the greatest unsung heroes of the Piedmont blues--an Eastern seaboard style that incorporates fiddle tunes, ballads, country and popular songs, ragtime, and gospel. With a jaunty rhythmic finger-picked guitar-style and an eclectic repertoire that ranges from blues to honky-tonk, jazz crooning to children’s songs, Warner Williams is an old-style community entertainer of national significance. He is joined by Maryland native Jay Summerour on harmonica and backing vocals. Together they conjure up an historic Piedmont duo like Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee as they make their own way on the blues highway.
--Smithsonian Folkways Recordings