Willie Salomon plays Traditional Country Blues, Roots Fingerstyle Guitar, Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano.
He was born in 1954 in Straubing, Germany to a German
mother and American father. His early years were spent partly in New York City and
Straubing, Germany. At the age of 16 he chose to become a German citizen, due
to his objection to the Vietnam war. After initial classical piano training, he
began to teach himself Blues Piano in the early seventies and also the harmonica.
A few years later he picked up the guitar which became his favorite
In 1981, after his return from another lengthy stay
in the USA, mostly in San Francisco, he recorded his debut album Moon Goin' Down which
included some of his own songs. He performed up and down the South of Germany and on
occasions in the USA until around 1985.
His solo CD Country Blues & More was published in 2004 by Acoustic Music Records.
Willie Salomon has since appeared at well known festivals like Internationales Gitarrenfestival Open Strings (Osnabrück, 2005), International Guitar Night Städtetour (2005), New Orleans Music Festival Wendelstein, (2006,2007,2010), Ingolstädter Bluesfest (2006), Bluesfestival Dresden (2006), Bayerisches Jazz Weekend (Regensburg, 2006, 2007, 2008), Münchner Bluesnacht (2006, 2010), Bamberger Gitarrentage (2006, 2009), Jazz & Bluesfestival (Braunschweig, 2007), Åmål's Bluesfest, Sweden (2012).
He has a great passion for vintage Gibson and National guitars. On stage he predominantly uses a 1945 Gibson "Banner" J-45, and a 1930 National "Triolian".
He has shared the stage with Alexis Korner,
Champion Jack Dupree, Louisiana Red,
Willie Littlefield, Paul Geremia, Johnny
Long, Roger Hubbard, Peter Finger, Ian Melrose, Dakota Dave Hull & many more.
2007: CD Just In Time (Acoustic Music Records)
2004: CD Country Blues & More (Acoustic Music Records)
2001: CD The Basement Sessions (Kilger & Sax)
1998: CD Country Blues From Munich (Kilger & Sax) including 7 tracks with Willie Salomon
1981: vinyl LP Moon Goin' Down (Stasswender)
2005: CD Acoustic Guitar Highlights Vol. 6
(Acoustic Music Records)