Every generation or so, a young bluesman bursts onto
the scene and sends a jolt through the blues community. Jontavious Willis may just have
that effect on people. The 22-year-old rising multi-instrumentalist is set to release
Spectacular Class on April 5, 2019. Released through Kind of Blue Music, the 10-track
album will be available through all digital retailers for pre-order starting March 25
with “Liquor” and “The World Is In A Tangle” being offered as an instant grat track.
Through original lyrics written by Willis himself, the gifted musician delivers a timeless
album that features dynamic vocals and all types of blues: Delta, Piedmont, Texas, and
Gospel. His stand-out fingerpicking, flat-picking, and slide prowess are also on display.
GRAMMY award-winning artists Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ played an active role in
producing Spectacular Class with Taj Mahal credited as Executive Producer and Keb' Mo'
as the Producer. In addition to its digital release, the album will also be available on CD
Starting this April, Willis will appear as the opening act for Keb’ Mo’s 2019 solo tour. To
view a list of upcoming tour dates, visit http://jontaviouswillis.com/schedule/.
Hailing from Greenville, Georgia, Willis grew up singing Gospel music at the Mount
Pilgrim Baptist Church with his grandfather. Since an early age, he had the talent and
passion for the music and the ability to sharpen his skills fast. At the age of 14, he
came across a YouTube video of Muddy Waters playing “Hoochie Coochie Man” and
was instantly hooked on the blues.
He got his much-needed break from the living legend Taj Mahal, who described him
as the “Wonderboy” and “the Wunderkind.” In 2015, Mahal asked Willis to play on
stage with him. That appearance resulted in a roaring response from the audience
and led Willis to bigger stages and broader opportunities, including an opening slot
at select shows along the TajMo tour, featuring his musical mentors Taj Mahal and
Many fans of Willis regard him as an old soul. His style of playing the instruments
and his voice touches the very roots of country blues. He brings back the true soul of
the music. A newspaper headline once called him a “70-year-old bluesman in a 20-
Spectacular Class is the follow-up release to his debut album, Blue Metamorphosis, which
was released in 2016 and garnered him rave reviews from such notable magazines as
Living Blues and Blues & Rhythm. In 2018, the album earned recognition by the Blues
Foundation through their International Blues Challenge, where he was honored with
the Best Self-Produced CD Award.
For more information, please visit www.JontaviousWillis.com and follow Jontavious on
Facebook and Instagram.
Track Listing for Spectacular Class:
1. Low Down Ways
2. The Blues Is Dead?
3. Resting On My Mind
4. Daddy’s Dough
5. Friend Zone Blues
6. Jon’s Boogie
9. Long Winded Woman
10. The World Is In A Tangle