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Wilie May
"Catagory Six"
by Bob Silvestri

   He has graced the stage with the likes of Buddy Guy, Gatemouth Brown, James Cotton, Johnny and Edgar Winter, Buffalo legend Stan Szelest and many more. He is a multi award-winning artist with five previous albums to his credit. His name is Willie May.
   Now living in Florida, he returned home to Buffalo to record his latest CD titled “Category Six” with a slew of local artists lending a hand including Donna Rose, Ted and Tom Reinhardt, Chris Beard, Jim Wozniak, Randy Corsi and more. Longtime friend James Cotton also shows up to blow his mighty harp.
   The ten song CD, written and produced by May, even features a picture of our beautiful, and void of people, downtown pedestrian mall. With his gravely voice, May mixes the blues with a touch of rock, country, jazz and even flamenco guitar lines to form an interesting and unique sound. The CD leads off with the cool acoustic guitar and harmonica sounds of  “Blue Room” as the Reinhardt brothers’ rhythm section propels the song along. “You Say That You Love Me” finds May in a duet with Donna Rose and sax solo courtesy of Larry Cheeley. “Lookin’ For Jesus” has a laid-back melody and churning organ playing from Wozniak. 
   “Cocaine Hangover Blues” a dynamic blues number is self-explanatory. “Financial Difficulties” is a remake from May’s 1987 “Blues Confidential” album featuring James Cotton on harmonica. “I Wish You Could Stay” features some fine guitar picking and is a standout track. You can get the disc by contacting Booman Music, 132 Cantwell Dr. Buffalo, NY 14220.

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