Willie Cobbs – PAY OR DO 11 MONTHS & 29 DAYS – Wilco 1004


Born in Smale, AR in 1932, Willie Cobbs’ recording career has spanned five decades and he has contributed much to the Blues. The best known of his compositions is the classic “You Don’t Love Me”, covered by everyone and made famous by the Allman Brothers. Willie does his best on this release. Having fun and singing about a very diverse group of subjects, he has plenty of room to shine and he takes every chance to entertain you on this CD.
Also a great harp player, Willie survived for years playing on several labels and with various blues greats. The steady work of a blues club soon enticed Willie to become the owner of the Blue Flame Club in Stuttgart, Arkansas and later he opened the Turning Point in Itta Bena, Mississippi. In 1978 he tried Greenwood, Mississippi on for size and opened Mr. C’s Bar-B-Que.

1986 saw the teaming up Willie with Jim O’Neal of Rooster Blues to assemble a cassette of his 45 rpm releases on his label, Wilco Records. Then, in 1994 Willie recorded his first Rooster Blues disc, “Down To Earth” Rooster Blues CD RB2628. A release also worth picking up.

Accompanied by Roland Robinson, bass; Harrell Otis and Teenie Hodges, guitar; Steve Potts, drums; Fred Hodges, Piano; Charles Hodges, organ; Vera Cobbs, harp; James Mitchell, sax and Mickey Gregory, trumpet, Willie has turned in a winner this time that is sure to please.

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