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McKinney “The Bluesman” Williams

L: Jackson | P: 601-942-4085 | E:

McKinney “The BluesMan” Williams, Sr. is a Mississippi boy who grew up
in Lexington, where his daddy taught him how to play the guitar. It was
here in the Mississippi Delta that his musical journey began, singing
gospel in the church with his family. He wrote and composed his first
album, Stay Focused, in 1991 with his family gospel group The Williams
Singers. The album was a local success and sold over 11,000 copies. Over
the years, he continued to sing, and later formed a gospel group with
his children, affectionately called Pop and Them Chillin’. Growing up in
a musical family meant that he was always surrounded by different forms
of music. Though he performed as a gospel singer for 35 years, the blues
was in his heart. Heavily in uenced by legendary blues men like Elmore
James and Howlin’ Wolf, McKinney branched off from gospel and launched
his solo career as a Blues singer, calling himself “Mr. Entertainer, The
Blues Man.” He refers to his style as “Front Porch Blues” – the kind of
Blues that people played on their front porches at the end of the day.

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