Willie Jones is an American singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist who's lived in Germany since 1982. Born in Hartford Ct in 1958, "Jonesy`s" career as an entertainer began at the age of four.
Willie never has stopped singing...As a teenager Willie sang and played percussion in a local "Big Band", Avalanche. The group played regular shows at weddings and school dances in the Hartford Connecticut area until his dad moved the family to Indiana in 1976. The following year he recieved a grant in Graphic Arts from Indiana State University in Terre Haute. It was here Willie discovered his love of Bluegrass Music. A college roommate who played banjo, bass, guitar, and sang, exposed Willie to the music of Bill Monroe. Room 705 of ISU´s "Jones Hall" dormitory soon became a meeting point of local bluegrass pickers from the Terre Haute area and it wasn´t long before Willie Jones joined his first bluegrass band, Buckskin.
Led by Teddy Laughrey, a short time mandolin player for Jimmy Martins Sunny Mountian Boys, one of Willie´s first gig´s with the band was at Bill Monroe´s Easter concert at near-by Bean Blossom, Indiana. During the next 3 years Buckskin toured the midwest in a yellow "Dodge" school bus playing clubs and Bluegrass festivals as well as a summer at Cedar Point Amusement Park. The band split in the fall of 1980. Willie then joined the Army for a 4 year tour.
During his first two years as a motor-pool repair-parts clerk in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Willie spent much his free time on his motorcycle high in the Rocky Mountians. In September 1981, he was sent to Germany on a manuever for 8 weeks and upon returning to America he immediately requested a German assignment.
The Army sent Willie to Nuremberg Germany in September ´82 and on his second day in the country he met Sfc Larry Jay Miller. Willie was on guard duty and Larry needed a bass player for his group, Cripple Creek. Willie started playing that very night and as Larry left Germany shortly after, Willie went on to lead the group for the next 6 years until deciding to take a break from music and concentrate on a donut-shop buisness. Willie soon started playing music again but hasn´t made a donut or played with CCB since 1988.
Until Sept, 2001, Willie Jones was blessed with the opportunity to travel and play music with with the Munich-based group, Shady Mix. Under the leadership of Mark Stoffel and Wil Maring, Jonesy has been able to realize many carrer ambitions in the recording studio, on festival stages, concert halls, radio and television. With help from this wonderful band and other musical friends throughout Bavaria and the United States, Willie has produced 4 solo CD's, "Take Me As I Am" and "When Christmas Rolls Around", "Merry Christmas Rodeo" and a new CD, "River Road", recorded at Mark Stoffel's "Roan Pony Studio" in Southern Illinois this past March, 2003.