St. Louis Band Of The Month - June 2001

Arthur Williams & The Blues Masters

If you like delta blues, then the band to hear is “Arthur Williams & The Blues Masters". One of the best delta blues bands in St. Louis, the band members include :

Arthur Williams - The leader of the band, Arthur primairly plays the harmonicia, and sings. Arthur also has played the drums and bass guitar. Arthurs' main influences include Little Walter, Elmore James, Eddie Taylor, and Robert "Night Hawk". Arthur has played music since 1957.

Larry Griffin - Lead guitarist, Larry has been playing since 1970. His major influences include BB King, John Lee Hooker, and Elmore James. Larry has lived in St. Louis, MO most of his life.

James "Boo Boo" Davis - James, the drummer, also teaches the drums and sings. James is aurthor of the song "I Ain't Going Back To East St. Louis", a Chuck Berry sounding song. James is a long time resident of East St. Louis. James' influences include Pather Brothers, Davis Brothers Blues Band, and BB King, of which he also played with.

Bob Lohr - Bob, the keyboard player, and also an attorney, has been playing music since 1963. Bobs' major influences include Ottis Span, Lafayette Leake, James Booker, Chuck Berry, Jimmy Rodgers, and Hubert Sumlin.

Greg Edick - Bass guitarist, Greg has been playing since 1963. Gregs' major influences include Albert King and Chuck Berry.

According to Larry Griffin, the band has a "Delta Chicago Blues" and "Sonney Boy" sound. I would classify the band as a "Delta Blues" band. The band also plays many boogies. The band currently has a CD available tittled "Arthur Williams-Harpin' On It". The CD includes the following songs :1. I Can't Stand To See You Go 2. Ain't Going Back To East St. Louis 3. Harpin On It 4. One Room Country Shack 5. Mama Talk To Your Daughter 6. Runnin' Down The Dirt Road 7. Mean Old World 8. Chitlins & Hot Sauce 9. Goin' To Memphis 10. Mother-In-Law Blues 11. Talkin' To Much . The CD is available at \$15.00 + $4.00 for shipping & handling, or at live venues. The band can be heard at "BBs Blues and Soups" at 700 S. Broadway in St. Louis MO, on Fridays and Saturdays. They can also be heard at other venues through out the week in St. Louis.

Written, edited and coded by Donald E. Demsko