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Louisiana Music Artist Directory: Rob Wagner to Albert Wynn
Robert Wagner jazz saxophonist leads Robert Wagner's New Thing & the Robert Wagner Trio

Phillip Walker Swamp & West Coast blues guitarist hails from Welsh, Louisiana; worked with Roscoe Gordon, Lonesome Sundown, Long John Hunter and Clifton Chenier before going solo

Michael Ward noted jazz violinist

Washboard Chaz (Leary) singer, songwriter, and washboard player; recent transplant to New Orleans has been working with John Fohl, Johnny Sansone, Coco Robicheaux, Tin Men, and others

Isidore "Tuts" Washington famed New Orleans R&B pianist (1907-1984)

Walter "Wolfman" Washington master of New Orleans funk & blues; also worked with Johnny Adams, Lee Dorsey and Irma Washington

We're Late and Smell Like Beer Illinois-based Zydeco band includes New Orleans native & washboard ace C.W. Riley (aka "Ghetto Man")

Patrick Weathers multi-talented roots/country singer & songwriter

Webbie (Webster Gradney, Jr.) young Baton Rouge rapper; first national release, "Savage Life", due out in July 2005

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Katie Webster late Texas-born "Swamp Boogie Queen" recorded for legendary Louisiana producers J.D. Miller and Eddie Shuler

Clint West Swamp Pop legend (Clinton Guillory) from Vidrine, LA; worked with the Boogie Kings, and others before going solo

Mike West respected singer/songwriter of roots & "levee-billy" music

Deidra Whatley young up & coming country singer from Leesville, Louisiana

Lavelle White aka "Miss Lavelle"; R&B singer born in Amite, LA; popular on the Texas R&B circuit in the 50's & 60's; has toured extensively, playing with artists such as Bobby "Blue" Bland, Sam Cooke, James Brown, Otis Redding, and Junior Parker

Dr. Michael White respected clarinetist, bandleader (Original Liberty Jazz Band), and music instructor has worked with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Wynton Marsalis, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and many others.

Tony Joe White aka "Swamp Fox"; legendary singer/songwriter from Oak Grove, LA; had a hit in the late 60's with "Polk Salad Annie"; White's tunes (including the classic "Rainy Night in Georgia") have been covered by the likes of Brook Benton, Elvis Presley, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, and dozens of others.

Whitstein Brothers bluegrass / trad country duo (Charles & Robert, aka Bob) from Pineville, Louisiana; received a Grammy nomination in 1990 for "Old Times Duets"; Robert passed away in 2001 at age 57; Charles recorded with Jesse McReynolds in 2004

Johnny Wiggs jazz cornetist (1899-1977) born John Hyman also taught music in New Orleans public schools (students included Pete Fountain and George Girard).

Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indian & New Orleans funk ensemble founded by Big Chiefs Bo Dollis and Monk Boudreaux

Wild Tchoupitoulas classic album from the Mardi Gras Indian tribe headed by Big Chief Jolly led to the formation of the Neville Brothers (see Neville Bros. bio).

Clarence Williams late pianist, singer, arranger, composer and bandleader was born in Plaquemine, LA in 1898; Williams worked with Armand Piron and formed a publishing company with him in 1915; he led many recording sessions during the 1920's and 30's that featured Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Henry "Red" Allen, etc.; Williams wrote or shared credits for many trad jazz classics, including "Royal Garden Blues", "Squeeze Me", "Baby, Won't You Please Come Home" and "West End Blues".

Hank Williams, Jr. (Randall Hank Williams) Shreveport, LA native, country music legend, and son of the late, great Hank Williams Sr.; he has hit the country charts over 100 times since 1964 (with ten #1 hits); but is probably most well known for the ABC Monday Night Football theme.

Larry Williams late rocker and R&B singer from New Orleans; had hits in the late 1950's with "Bony Maroney", "Dizzy, Miss Lizzy" (later covered by The Beatles), and "Short Fat Fannie"; worked with Johnny "Guitar" Watson in the 1960's; see "Bad Boy of Rock 'n' Roll" for a complete collection of his early work.

Lucinda Williams Grammy winning roots singer & songwriter from Lake Charles, LA was hailed as
the country's best songwriter by Time Magazine in 2001

Robert Pete Williams late bluesman from Zachary, LA was "discovered" in Angola Prison (where he was serving out a sentence for murder) by musicologists Harry Oster and Richard Allen; he was pardoned as a result of these recordings.

Victoria Williams roots singer and songwriter from Forbing, LA; married to Mark Olsen (ex-Jayhawks); she founded the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund in 1993 after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Chip Wilson swinging New Orleans-based guitarist and vocalist

Jesse Winchester noted singer & songwriter was born in Shreveport, LA in 1944; his songs have been covered by The Everly Brothers, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Buffett, Emmylou Harris, Nicolette Larson, Michael Martin Murphey, and others

Christian Winther local jazz saxophonist studied under Ellis Marsalis at UNO

Woodenhead legendary New Orleans progressive rock band has been at it since 1975; founded by guitar whiz Jimmy Robinson and Danny Cassin

Kipori "Baby Wolf" Woods New Orleans blues singer/guitarist worked with the Zion Harmonizers and Raymond Myles before going solo; he is the grandson of legendary New Orleans bassist "Luscious" Lloyd Lambert; voted "Best New Blues Performer" in OffBeat's "Best of the Beat" awards

World Leader Pretend New Orleans rock band released the indie "Fit For Faded" in 2003; later signed with Warner Bros Records, who released "Punches" in 2006

"Marvelous" Marva Wright R&B songstress known as the "Blues Queen of New Orleans"; Marva passed away in 2010 at age 62

Albert Wynn New Orleans-born, Chicago-raised trombone player (1907-1973); worked with Ma Rainey, Sidney Bechet, Jimmie Noone, Lil Armstrong, and many others

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