Menu Close
Menu Close

Blind Willie: A Quick Biography


Blind Willie is a well known Georgia musicianIf you live in Covington, there’s a pretty good chance that you have heard of Blind Willie! Blind Willie was one of Georgia’s most famous 20th century musicians. This well known guitarist started out as a Piedmont and ragtime blues singer during his lengthy career. He became an extremely unique guitarist in his career, as well. Blind Willie was most famous for his use of the twelve-string guitar and also learned how to be a slide guitarist.

Blind Willie was born on May 5 of 1898. He was born William Samuel McTier in the town of Thomson, Georgia. He quickly picked up guitar and became noticeably good at the hobby in his teens. Soon after he became good at his pastime, he became a street performer. He continued to further his career by traveling around Atlanta and Augusta making money and a name for himself.

It was in 1927 that Willie struck his first record deal at Victor Records. He was never a “one hit wonder,” yet he recorded different labels under different names throughout the 1920s and 1930s. For most of his life, Blind Willie, accompanied by his close friend, Curley Weaver, traveled around the streets of Atlanta playing their favorite instruments.

Along with traveling around Atlanta making music, Blind Willie inspired a variety of different artists. Several artists covered some of his original songs. Some of these artists include The Allman Brothers Band who covered “Statesboro Blues.” And Bob Dylan who wrote a song as a tribute to Blind Willie called “Blind Willie McTell.”

Follow Us

Popular Post

You may also like...

Recognizing Influential Black Musicians from Newton County
25Jun

Recognizing Influential Black Musicians from Newton County

June is African American Music Appreciation Month, formerly called National Black Music Month. It’s a time to celebrate the contributions and influences of black musicians. With the south being historically rooted in rich African American traditions, their music has inspired generations. Some of the music genres include Sacred music, folk music, the Blues, jazz, R&B, […]

How Dad Would Love to Spend Time in Covington
18Jun

How Dad Would Love to Spend Time in Covington

  Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21st. It’s a day to honor Dad and spend some quality time with him, doing the things he loves doing. Whether he loves adventure, leisure recreation, art or film, we’ve got some awesome ideas for how Dad would love to spend quality time with you in Covington.     […]

Travel Bloggers Share Their Experiences in Covington
11Jun

Travel Bloggers Share Their Experiences in Covington

We love the attention we’ve gotten from travel bloggers! This is especially the case for TV and film tourism. We appreciate the eye for detail that travel bloggers have and their tourist perspective on our local destinations. While some of them focus on Covington as the Hollywood of the South with its abundance of productions, […]

Skip to content