Ed Wills – Frenchmen Street

Published on: 2020-08-17

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A New Orleans Original

Ed Wills, a self-taught “bluesman” was born in 1958 and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has lived in the “Uptown” area for many years. His love for music started at the young age of eight years old as he watched his Aunt Cora from Tchula, Mississippi play her slide guitar.

Other early influences and comparisons include Leo Nocentelli originator of The Meters, Guitar Slim, Jr., Lawrence Taylor, the greats Wes Montgomery, Albert Collins and B.B. King as well as the late legendary New Orleans guitarist Darryl Johnson.

Ed formed Blues 4 $ale in 2002 and they’ve since appeared at The Bay Harbor Fest in Bay St. Louis, The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival in New Orleans, The Voice of the Wetlands, Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival. Ed Wills and Blues 4 $ale appear regularly in premiere New Orleans venues Vaso, Bamboulas, 21st Amendment and 30/90 and have toured Across the U.S., Europe, Canada and South America.