Willie J Laws
A Texas guitar “gun slinger”, vocalist and song writer following in the footsteps of T-Bone Walker, Lightning Hopkins, Albert King and many others. This music is the kind of real Texas soul, all mixed up with classic R&B, country, blues/funk that grows from the Texas soil. Willie has performed nationally and internationally, including 2 tours of Russia at the invite of the US Consulate in St Petersburg. Once the house band at The House of Blues/Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and Margeritaville in New Orleans. Winners of the Mass Blues Society Challenge 2011, Semi-finalists at the International Blues Competition 2012 and Beale St Kings Awards. A two time nominee for New England Music Award - Best Blues Act 2015 and 2016, 2015 Nominee for Boston Music Award - Best Blues Act 2015. Come see what many are calling the "Real Deal".
Bruce has worked as a live performer and session musician with a wide range of artists including his own jazz/blues ensemble, New Orleans R&B quintet the Mattson Medeiros Band, funky Texas blues artist Willie J Laws, Allman Brothers Band drummer and founding member Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, New Orleans R&B saxophonist Dr. Charles Neville, blues rock guitarist Jon Butcher, country artist Keith Urban, pianist Chuck Leavell, and many others.
An explosive master of the drums, has been playing since he was a little boy, much of it playing the kit behind Steel Band competitions of the highest level, contributing to his distinctive style and flare. Brathwaite has taken his drum skills into the blues scene, the Caribbean scene, the funk scene, and the rhythm and blues scene. An incredibly versatile musician with a heart of gold.
Odis & Helen's baby boy, known as Lenny, has been playing the electric bass since he was 12 years old. At 16, he started Classical lessons on the upright bass. Learning the French bowing technique.
After graduation from High school, He went to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, graduating with Class of 1980. Being versatile in many styles, Lenny has played with Bo Diddley, Marilyn Maye, Betty Wright, Joe Bataan, Bobby Sanabria, Solomon Burke and Denny Laine. In addition, for 32 years he has been the bass player in the National Center of Afro-American Artists production of Black Nativity by Langston Hughes. This runs at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Boston every December.
Lenny was also a Boston Public School teacher. Teaching music to grades 5 through 8 for seven years.
Music has taken him all around the world, across the continental US. His musical talent has taken him to Turkey, Australia, Europe, Canada, Panama, the Caribbean and China. Lenny formerly played bass with Joe Louis Walker, and is now the most recent addition to the Willie J Laws Band!