Willie DE, a young artist based in Central Virginia, blends folk, blues, and a dash of jazz to create a fresh, original sound.
Growing up on his father’s Bob Dylan and Van Morrison records, Willie busked on Charlottesville’s downtown mall and outside football games at UVA’s Scott Stadium, performing original material and most anything the crowd asked for. Willie has performed as a solo artist all through Central and Northern Virginia, as well as in Manhattan, Western Virginia, Brooklyn, and throughout the Southeast as far as Austin, Texas. He’s shared the stage with the North Mississippi All-Stars and has opened for a diverse group of top-flight musicians including David Olney & Sergio Webb, Ivan & Alyosha, Alash Ensemble, and The Hackensaw Boys. His third album, Runaway Child, brings together sophisticated strings, steady grooves, and the best of blues-rock music.