Mississippi -- On the heels of his 2009 "Best Guitar
Player of the Year" award from the Bay Area Blues
Society, Mississippi bluesman Terry "Big T"
Williams is slated to release a brand-new album on a
brand-new label in late March. Entitled "Jump Back,
Big T's in the House," the CD will signal a new
phase in Williams' storied musical career.
"Big T is a phenomenal musician and unforgettable
performer," says Matt Blumert, founder of Matt
The Scat Records and executive producer of the upcoming
CD. "I met him during a visit to Clarksdale last
year, and from the first note I heard him play at Ground
Zero Blues Club, I knew I just had to get him into the
studio. He is a living link to the rich history of Delta
blues, but he's managed to update the sound for 21st
Century ears. He really has to be seen and heard to
More information about the new album as well as photos
from the recording session can be found at www.terrybigtwilliams.com.
A bit of his personal and professional history can also
be found on the new web site.
A veteran of both stage and studio, Williams began
his blues career as one of "Mr. Johnnie" Billington's
now legendary students in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
"Mr. Johnnie didn't stand no fooling around,"
remembers Williams, laughing. "He was all business
when it came to blues music, and I really learned from
Eventually, Williams toured with the infamous Jelly
Roll Kings and became a regular in the North Mississippi
blues band scene -- performing with recording artists
Big Jack Johnson, Wesley "Junebug" Jefferson,
Big George Brock and many others. He also scored occasional
spots backing such blues luminaries as Albert King,
Bobby "Blue" Bland and Cedell Davis.
"I've been lucky to have learned from the best,"
In summer 2009, his luck continued. After a successful
season of club and festival gigs, the Bay Area Blues
Society's West Coast Hall of Fame came calling on Terry
"Big T" Williams. His West Coast concert dates
in recent years had brought him to the attention of
the area's movers and shakers, and he was presented
with the blues society's prestigious "Best Guitar
Player of the Year" honors.
Following up on the attention garnered by this award,
Matt Blumert chose Williams as the first recording artist
for his newly founded record label, Matt The Scat Records.
Aiming to capture Williams in his hometown, just five
minutes from the "Crossroads" of Highways
61 & 49, Blumert booked a recording session at the
recently completed, state-of-the-art Clarksdale Soundstage
"I've seen Big T play for years in and around
Clarksdale," notes Gary Vincent, the studio owner
and sound engineer on the session. "He's a local
guitar hero and a favorite of the tourists who visit
the Delta from all around the world. We were very pleased
that Matt chose our facilities to capture such a true
Vincent's recently released George Thorogood DVD is
currently nominated for a Blues Music Award (BMA), and
other recent projects he is involved with include sessions
with Elvin Bishop, Jimmy Thackery and Smokey Smothers.
John Magnusson, formerly of Electric Lady Studios, co-engineered
the Williams CD.
"Jump Back, Big T's in the House" was mastered
by Motown legend Bob Ohlsson, known for his past work
with Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Grateful Dead and
"Look, Big T has played festivals from Clarksdale
to St. Louis, Chicago to Seattle. He is a force to be
reckoned with," says Blumert. "Our hope is
that this album will help take him to the next level.
The talent, fire and drive are there. 2010 should be
the 'Year of Big T.'"
Williams' new CD, "Jump Back, Big T's in the House,"
will hit the streets on March 23rd. Clarksdale's Ground
Zero Blues Club will host a special CD Release Party
three days earlier on Saturday, March 20th. More information