September 23, 2012, 10:12 am
Check out Willy Porter at the Aladdin Theater on Friday, September 28th.
It's been a few miles across America, Canada, the UK and Europe since
Willy Porter released his debut CD, "The Trees Have Soul" in 1990. Back
then he traveled in his Volkswagen selling discs out of the trunk,
mesmerizing audiences with his guitar chops and original tunes. In 1994,
he released his second independent CD entitled, "Dog Eared Dream." The
album marked Porter's artistic growth from his constant touring and a
more developed songwriting perspective. The song "Angry Words" became a
top-10 staple on Triple AAA radio stations around the country. This
radio success established Porter as a nationally recognized artist, and
brought the inevitable major label bidding war to a boil. "Dog Eared
Dream" highlighted his pop songwriting sensibility and also his acoustic
guitar work that would grow into a style uniquely his own — a mixture
of Leo Kottke, Michael Hedges, Richard Thompson and Lindsey Buckingham.
He would ultimately sign with Private Music/BMG in 1995. European and
American tours with Rickie Lee Jones, Tori Amos and The Cranberries
followed over the next year and a half. Private Music went super nova in
1997, and Porter was left in contractual limbo with BMG. Porter
regained momentum in 1999 when he signed with San Francisco-based Six
Degrees Records and released the folk-pop gem, "Falling Forward."
Produced by Grammy winner Neil Dorfsman (Dire Straits, Sting), "Falling
Forward" contained the radio friendly tracks "Mystery" & "Cut the
Rope." National tours commenced with legendary artists Paul Simon,
Sting, Jeff Beck and Jethro Tull.