Born: 1934 Ralph, AL

R&B, Blues Guitar, Vocals, Songwriter Little Whitt & Big Bo

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

little whitt and big bo mcgee moody swamp bluesWhitt and Bo have been playing the blues at festivals, house parties, fish fries, and family reunions for over 40 years in Alabama but have remained basically unknown outside of the deep south-until teaming up with the Alabama Blues Project.

On March 28, 1995, Jolly "Little Whitt" Wells and "Big Bo" McGee left Alabama for the first time in their lives to tour Europe for over two months. They played over 50 performances in Ireland, Scotland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, and England, including The Gloucester Blues Festival in England and the Annual Spring Blues Festival in Ecaussines, Belgium.

Whitt and Bo appeared on several European television and radio programs as well, including a live performance on BBC radio.

The Alabama Blues Project had just produced Whitt and Bo's first CD, "Moody Swamp Blues," and put together the tour for the talented duo who toured with Debbie Bond as their opening act.


Biography by Rovi

Based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA, the blues talents of "Little Whitt" Wells (b. 19 February 1931, Ralph, Alabama, USA) and "Big Bo' McGhee (b. 1928, Alabama, USA) remained largely undiscovered until the mid-90s, despite the fact that Wells had previously turned down offers to play guitar with Freddie King, Howlin" Wolf and "Little" Junior Parker. Harmonica player McGhee boasts a similarly intriguing past - having previously worked as a long-distance lorry driver shipping explosives and at one time having died on an operating table. He was revived several hours later after morgue technicians noticed a heartbeat. Wells was first turned on to the blues by the records of Blind Boy Fuller and Blind Lemon Jefferson, his father buying him his first guitar when he was 11. He originally met McGhee prior to forming his own band, Little Whitt And The Downbeats. For his part, McGhee started playing harmonica at the age of six. They began playing together full-time at the turn of the 80s, forming the Kokomo Blues Band. In 1995 the duo travelled to the UK, helped by sponsorship from Debbie Bond and Mike McCracken of the Alabama Blues Project, who also helped out by playing on stage.

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