From the opening chords of “Kiss Her and Make it Right” on “True,” their first album in 18 years, you’re drawn into the wonderful world of managed chaos that is the Willie Wisely Trio – a fierce foursome that are as comfortable cooking grooves wrapped in pure melody as they are tapping into an area they call “no time” music or “rocks and logs” – music without a beat. Pure Pop for Wow People.
Formed in the late '80s with Wisely on guitar and vocals, James Voss on upright and electric bass, Peter Anderson on drums and Greg Wold on trombone, each member of the Minneapolis-based band arrived with a different influence.
Classic rock, jazz, pop, gospel and punk to comedy and theatrics – The Trio stirred it up while traveling the country in a rust-colored van playing roughly 400 shows in five years. Word of mouth helped build an adoring fan base who relished the fact that no two Trio experiences were alike. Shows by The Willie Wisely Trio were equal parts raucous, hilarious, tender and dangerous, and at this moment, there is probably someone, somewhere, telling a story about one of those shows with the capper, “Man, ya shoulda been there.”
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