guitar (simple groove) froittior (zydeco washboard)
TYPE OF WORK DESIRED:TOURING
TEACHING MUSIC LESSONS
CHART READING/WRITING SKILLS :
HOME STUDIO :Home Studio:
ADDITIONAL SKILLS :Additional Skiills:
Blues/zydeco/2nd line/rock/R&B/funk/country harp.
Resume / Bio:
SHANNON H. WILLIFORD - biography
Shannon Williford is an educator/musician with a history of performance throughout his adult life. He has performed in theater and music for young people since he was a teen.
Williford is currently a music teacher for Metro Parks in Nashville, as well as doing other part-time music teaching in Metro Schools. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Anne, a Vanderbilt Family Nurse Practitioner, and daughters Linden and Julia Bee.
A longtime columnist for Nashville Music Guide and Bluesletter, the publication of the Music City Blues Society; Shannon is also a regular contributing writer to Blues Access Magazine and a free-lance writer for other publications.
As “Shan de Bayou,” Williford writes and performs regularly in a children’s theater series called Bayou & Patio’s Swamp Stories and Songs. Shan de Bayou is also the leader of a popular Bluesiana band called Delicious Blues Stew, which performs around the Southeast. The Stew was a finalist in the International Blues Foundation’s Best Unsigned Blues Talent contest in 1997. Williford also works around the Southeast doing Blues in the Schools educational performances, for which he was awarded the International Blues Foundation’s “Keep the Blues Alive” Award in Education for the year 2000. He has twice won the “Music City Blues Harp Player of the Year” award. He was awarded the Deford Bailey Harmonica Award by the Marion James Blues Society in 2009. A Google search can find numerous articles and facts about Shannon Williford.
A seven-year veteran of teaching English and speech & drama in secondary schools in South Louisiana, Williford also directed school theater and coached football. He holds an M.Ed. in reading education from Tennessee State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Speech/English from Belhaven College. He has done graduate work at Louisiana State University and undergrad work at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Williford was the owner and manager of two singing telegram businesses for 7 years in the 1980s, one in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and one in Birmingham, Alabama.
Shannon Williford has extensive stage and screen performance credits, as well as production and direction background. He is an actor, singer, musician, writer, and fool.
Founder, host, emcee of Phil Brady's Thursday Night World's Greatest Blues Jam (1986 - 1995) Baton Rouge, LA
Founder, vocalist, harmonica, songwriter, and washboard: Eyewitness Blues (1985 - 1995) Baton Rouge
Founder, vocalist, harmonica, washboard, guitar and songwriter: Delicious Blues Stew, Nick & Bayou, The James Nixon Band, Two Tone & Bayou, The Catahoula Brass Band, The Bullfrog Revue (1995-present) Nashville
Played and/or recorded with: Arthur "Guitar" Kelly, Chris Thomas King, Rudolph Richard (Slim Harpo Band), "Lil Ray" Neal, Raful Neal, "T-Bone" Terry Singleton, Luther Kent, Clarence Edwards, Larry Garner, Kenny Neal, Tabby Thomas, Henry Gray, Silas Hogan - Baton Rouge, Louisiana (1980 - 1995) James “Nick” Nixon, "Mississippi" Millie McClain, "Mello" Mel Owens (Lovin’ Spoonful), E.G.Kight, Paul Spradlin (Goose Creek Symphony) Leon Medica (LeRoux), Les Kerr, Gretchen Wilson, Gary Nicholson, Larry LaDon, Jimmy Hall, Jonell Mosser, Bekka Bramlett, Bobby Keys (Stones), Dean Hall, Johnny Jones, Wigg Walker, Billy Cox (Jimi Hendrix), Buddy Miles, Tommy Tutone, Scotty Moore (Elvis), Roger Fisher (Heart), Brian Howe (Bad Company), Richie Hayward (Little Feat), Gary
Talent (E Street Band) and many others - Nashville, Tennessee (1995 - present)