Big Daddy Wilson was born in the small town of Edenton, North Carolina. “We were very poor, but I had a beautiful childhood. As a child I worked in the tobacco and cotton fields, I was a real country boy. I quit school at the age of 16, and later joined the US Army. I met the blues in Germany, where I still live today. I’ve been writing poems and songs long before I started singing the Blues, I didn’t know what it was, but it was mixed in my blood, I was born with the blues. So I started Back to the Roots Acoustic Blues, just me and a guitar player."
Big Daddy Wilson’s music is all heart and natural soul, with a fabulous warm
baritone voice. He draws from a wide stylistic spectrum from blues, folk, soul and gospel.
Accompanied by old bandmate and good friend Steve 'Guitar' Gilles
Steve 'Guitar' Gilles was born 1962 in Germany, started playing guitar as a teenager just in time to join several High School bands in their quest for fame.
In his late twenties he teamed up with Big Daddy Wilson to form the "Carolina Blues Connection", a five piece band mainly focussing on modern Blues, R&B and Soul that left its mark on many Blues and Jazz clubs and festivals in North Germany during the early nineties.
After immigrating to New Zealand in '96 Steve was the founding member of successful and popular band 'Gecko'.
This tour will celebrate a very special reunion between two old friends as they again explore the spirit of Back to the Roots Acoustic Blues.