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The Great Willy Mammoth

by Bill Durst

Up Lifting Songs of Blues Rock Roots, World Class Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter, Entertainer, Award Winner, Burning Blues Slide Guitar, Voice Soul-Deep, Big Fat Tone, Fuzz Thumping Beat so get some of this audience favorite treat.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. River
4:27 $1.09
2. Cafe On the Gaspe
3:00 $1.09
3. Beautiful
4:41 $1.09
4. The Great Willy Mammoth
3:38 $1.09
5. Flower Song
4:15 $1.09
6. Wandering Blues
5:29 $1.09
7. Radio: Soul Survivor
2:57 $1.09
8. Homeless
4:30 $1.09
9. 39 Days
3:18 $1.09
10. All the Blues in the World
6:10 $1.09
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Album Notes
Bill Durst The Great Willy Mammoth 8882
1. River 4:25
2. Cafe On The Gaspe 2:58
3. Beautiful 4:32
4. The Great Willy Mammoth 3:35
5. Flower Song 4:12
6. Wandering Blues 5:25
7. Radio-Soul Survivor 2:54
8 .Homeless 4:26
9. 39 Days 3:15
10. All The Blues In The World 6:07

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All Songs Written By Bill Durst and Joe DeAngelis SOCAN 2009
Durstwerks 2009 All Rights Reserved

Bill Durst * vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar and mandolin
Tom Dobrentey * drums
Jeff "Stan" Fountain * bass
Corey Thompson * drums on Wandering Blues and Flower Song
Rob Wilmott * harmonica on Cafe On The Gaspe
Joe DeAngelis, Darren Morrison * background vocals

Produced By Darren Morrison
Mixed By Darren Morrison and Bill Durst
Engineered By Darren Morrison
Recorded At Big Room Studios, London
Mastered By Stephen Marsh, Hollywood, California
Graphic Design and Layout By Brandon Steven
Cover Photo By David Ritchie
Durstwerks Copyright 2009

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A Special Thanks to You and all my Fans. Enjoy! B.D.

The Great Willy Mammoth CD is fan-voted one of Blind Lemon Blues Top 20 Canadian Blues Albums of 2011
Bill Durst is nominated for Electric Act Of The Year in the Canadian National Maple Blues Awards 2014
Bill's "Live" CD is proclaimed best Live Canadian Blues CD 2013 by the Blues Underground Network
Bill Durst "Live" CD is fan-voted #5 on the Blind Lemon Top Canadian Blues Album 2013
Bill is fan-voted London Music Awards Blues/R&B Artist of the Year 2013
Bill is fan-voted London Music Awards Blues/R&B Artist of the Year 2012
Bill Durst is a member of the Jack Richardson Hall Of Fame 2006


Bill Durst is a Canadian Blues- Rock- Roots guitarist, singer, songwriter, entertainer who
has written and recorded over 115 songs on 11 albums with 7 national radio chart hits.
Bill has opened for or shared the stage with Areosmith, Rush, BTO, Yardbirds, John Mayall, Savoy Brown, Bobby Rush, Little Feat, George Thorogood, Bad Company, Edgar Winter Group, Rick Derringer, Jeff Healey, Steve Strongman, Jack de Keyser, Monkey Junk, David Wilcox, Bob Seger, Downchild, Sly And The Family Stone, Slade, David Clayton Thomas, L.A. Guns, Johnny winter and many more. Mr. Durst has toured across North America and in Europe and tours extensively in Canada.

As a kid growing up in Wingham and then London, Ontario (which is halfway between Toronto and Detroit), Bill was heavily influenced by Motown R&B and Toronto Psychedelic Soul music as well as the British Blues Invasion and Jimi Hendrix. Bill’s entrance onto the national/international stage was his classic rock band Thundermug formed from London R&B bands in 1969. By the summer of 1972 they had a number one hit and a fan following in Eastern Canada. The band went on to record a total of 5 albums, (3 albums in the early/mid 1970s and two CDs in the mid 1990s) releasing records in the US and Europe. Bill put out his first two solo releases in the mid eighties but it wasn’t until the early 2000s that Bill got some real career momentum.

In 2004 Durst proclaimed his intention to start up a “little, fuzzy, psychedelic blues band”
and since then Bill and his co-writer Joe DeAngelis have produced 4 full length CDs.
The Wharncliffe Sessions (’05), The Great Willy Mammoth (’09), Live (‘12) and
Hard And Heavy (’13). Here are some more highlights:

*Member Jack Richardson Hall Of Fame 2006
*Top 20 Canadian Blues Albums of 2011 goes to The Great Willy Mammoth CD - Blind
Lemon Blues (fan-voted)
*Blues/R&B Artist Of The Year 2012 London Music Awards (fan-voted)
*Best Canadian Live Blues Album 2013 goes to the Bill Durst “Live” CD – Blues
Underground Network
*Top 20 Canadian Blues Albums 2013 - Bill Durst “Live” CD hits #5 - Blind Lemon
Blues (fan-voted)
*Blues/R&B Artist Of The Year 2013 London Music Awards (fan-voted)
*Nominee Maple Blues Awards for Electric Act Of The Year 2014.

“Bill Durst is…a consummate blues rocker, with killer guitar chops, a distinctive voice and the heart of a showman...a master songwriter…Bill’s style of Southern/Texas blues rock lends itself well to Durst’s guitar skills, which are prodigious.”
- Rex Bartholomew, Los Angeles for Blues Blast Magazine, November 2013

“a fantastic guitarist, Durst is also a gifted entertainer…he was singing in the soul of the songs…growling, almost crying, screaming, or subdued, the man can do it all.”
- Luc Meert, Belgium for, December 2013

Review/ Interview/ Bio -Edmonton Journal
Bill Durst "Former rocker reinvents himself with ‘the real heavy blues’" EDMONTON- William “Willy” Durst doesn’t mince words when it comes to the blues.
“Stand back, because I’m gonna hit it heavier,” he insists. “There’s gonna be some meat on these bones and a sturdy, punchy, kick-ass tone.
” At 60, London, Ont.’s Durst is one of the unsung heroes of the Canadian blues scene, a guitarist, singer and songwriter who deftly borrows from various periods and styles of the blues tradition. He puts it all together with unapologetic exuberance, finding particular finesse with a steel slide.
You can hear it right from the opening moments of River, from The Great Willy Mammoth, his last album. The lyrics urge us to take anger, prejudice and hate and “throw away the weight of the world” as the jangling power chords of his guitar and a rowdy groove drives home those sentiments. And that’s only the first track.

Durst has little sympathy for the ethos of purity, underlined in his eclectic approach.

“As Buddy Guy put it, ‘the blues is a mutt.’

” While his albums take in varied shades of rockin’ blues, electric and acoustic, the consistent thread is a depth of feeling.
“I have always loved the power of the real heavy blues stuff,” Durst says. “For a long time I couldn’t understand why more blues bands weren’t more powerful. Why not? In Robert Johnson I heard a spectacular symphonic attempt by one man doing some complicated guitar. Muddy Waters made me realize it was entirely possible.”

After following such examples for more than 40 years now, winning his own share of notoriety in groups like Ontario’s Thundermug, and opening for everyone from John Mayall to Sly Stone, Durst’s earthy eccentricity may be ripe for wider attention. You can decide for yourself when he hits Blue On Whyte all this week.

As a kid growing up in Wingham and then London, Ont., he took after other family members and started piano at seven. Then the Beatles, the Yardbirds and the rest of the British Invasion showed up, and lightning struck with Jimi Hendrix. Like thousands of others Durst was converted to rock, to researching the blues that inspired it, and to electric guitar at 12. Seeing B.B. King in Toronto at 16 was the final epiphany.

At the time he was playing in a local rhythm and blues revue, complete with horns. When Durst and some other players realized they could make it on their own they left to found a blues-rock unit in 1969, the group that was later named Thundermug. By the time he turned 20 they even had the No. 1 record in London and a developing fan base across Eastern Canada. Their first hit single, Africa, actually sold 20,000 copies in Detroit.

Thundermug had several incarnations, as a quartet and then trio during the 1970s on labels like Epic and Axe, only to regroup for most of the 1990s and another string of chart hits. Durst feels they remained true to their original interest in rock and all things R&B and the notion of forging their own path.

“If you’re not going to do anything different why bother?”

A sojourn with a ZZ Top tribute band in the ’80s inspired Durst to grow the thick beard he still sports today. In among seven Thundermug albums he also put out his first two solo releases in the mid-’80s, but it wasn’t really until the early 2000s that Durst got some real career momentum with his own band and a disc of favourite covers called The Wharncliffe Sessions (2005), and then with his all-original set The Great Willy Mammoth (2009). That title song is a “joke on myself” and the long braided beard that’s part of his look.

© Copyright (c) The Edmonton Journal

Bill Durst - The Great Willy Mammoth (Durstwerks)

Bill Durst may very well be the closest thing to a bona fide musical living legend that our sleepy would-be metropolis has ever seen. From international chart success with his truly amazing band Thundermug to the many solo albums he has issued since, he has never given over to posturing of any kind and has stood his ground firmly regarding his music, personal identity and independence. The Great Willy Mammoth is an impressive effort indeed, with Durst laying down fine and effortlessly sure performances with his gritty Rio Grande Mud vocals and bear-down-heard six-string work that will leave no doubt that the fire has not only definite not gone out here but in fact may be heating up more than a degree or two. Recommended.
- Rob Nicholson (Scene Magazine)



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The Great Willy Mammoth
Smoking Slide, Growling Voice & Blues played the way the should be!......Down N Dirty!


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