the Willie Painter Band

Willie Painter Band

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Upcoming Gigs

Saturday, October 22, 8-11PM the Blue Note Grill, Durham, NC

Saturday, November 12, 8-10PM Pittsboro Roadhouse, Pittsboro, NC

About the Band

Playing a mix of danceable blues with a nod towards swinging jazz and an eclectic selection of rock and pop tunes, the Willie Painter Band consists of four veterans of the Triangle music scene.

Willie Painter (guitar) and Craig Dittmar (bass) were members of the Boomers, who played for over 20 years in the Triangle and eastern North Carolina. They have performed in the past with Lightnin' Wells and the Real Gone Cats. Currently they also play with the Pigz Brothers, Mike Hamer and the Rhinoceroses, and the Tommy G Experience. Painter wrote a monthly music column for the Urban Hiker from 1999 to 2004.

Bill Newton (saxophone, harmonica) is a founding member of three Triangle musical institutions: Rebecca and the Hi-Tones, Bill Newton's Big Blues Quartet, and the Duke Street Dawgs. He has recorded with the Indigo Girls and Big Mama E and the Cool, among others.

Durham native, John Hanks (drums), has been in many Triangle bands including: the Hard Times Jazz Band, the Swamis, Rebecca and the Hitones, Black Dog Syndrome, and the Gregg Gelb Swing Band. Away from WPB he is an in-demand musician for many jazz, blues, musical theater and classical music groups. His "day job" is musician for Duke University"s Dance Program and the American Dance Festival School.

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