Patrick Williams Biography

Singer and harp man Patrick Williams is one of those rare NOLA natives who chose
blues over jazz, and as such, he holds down what there is of the Bourbon Street blues scene.Which is not faint praise because his backup band is as tight as can be,
with the kind of interplay and sense of groove you only find, well, in a jazz band.
—Offbeat Magazine

Imagine roaming around the French Quarter, looking into dark clubs hoping to stumble onto something special.  This is that music.  Patrick Williams and His Blues Xpress deliver blues like it was meant to be played: fiery-hot through and through, with the soul-stirring conviction of a veteran bluesman who plays each and every note like he really means it.  And he does.

Patrick is a New Orleans harmonica legend at 37. He came up in the projects, taught himself to play the instrument, and since has wowed audiences all over the world…

Patrick is one of those people who was destined to make it as a musician. He loved everything about it from the time he was old enough to remember.  Raised in the New Orleans projects, he’s always been surrounded by the inspirational sounds of blues and jazz.  Teaching himself to play harmonica in high school, he went on to obtain a formal education in music performance. 

By his early 20s, he was already gigging on Bourbon Street and touring the world with the Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. band, and jamming with A-listers from Dan Ackroyd to Louisiana’s own Kenny Wayne Shepherd.  Along the way, he has fine-tuned his take-no-prisoners approach, grinding the surface to a fine sheen and bulking up the lock-it-in-the-pocket drive.

Whether it’s a take-your-time ballad like Stevie Ray Vaughn’s Double Trouble, an uptempo blazer like Big Leg Woman, a psychedelicized version of Jimi Hendrix’ Little Wing, or a Latin-beat rocker like Already Gone, Patrick Williams packs a lifetime of absorbing and perfecting the best blues influences from the streets, the bandstand, and the blues stratosphere into every performance.

Beyonce Knowles invited Patrick be in her B-day album video and also to play on Daddy’s Lesson in the Lemonade Album.

Patrick played on Live with Regis and Kelly, Live with Regis and Kathy Lee, and Wheel of Fortune. He has performed at literally hundreds of corporate events and weddings, and has appeared in several television commercials as well the movie "Snow Wonder" starring Mary Tyler Moore and Camryn Manheim. He's also had parts in the HBO series "Treme," and TNT's "Memphis Beat..”

The Blues Xpress have become regulars in Umbria, Italy, at both the winter and summer jazz festivals, and as a member of the New Orleans All-Star Band, Patrick wowed the crowd at the Brisbane Folk Festival in Australia.

The band’s latest CD, “Big Easy Blues,” on the Sound of New Orleans label, is available at Amazon and in local music outlets.

You can be assured that Patrick Williams and His Blues Xpress is going to deliver blues like it was meant to be played; wrapped in a great big sound, and honed to perfection, making it easy to enjoy—The Big Easy Blues—all that and nothin’ but—from Patrick Williams and His Blues Xpress.