Date:   2/13/2010

Willy Porter - Singer-songwriter, storyteller, entertainer and extraordinary guitarist

Willy Porter makes a return visit to Green Lake for a Saturday, February 13th performance on the renowned, historic Thrasher Opera House stage. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance (doors open at 6:45 p.m.) are $20.

HOW TO ROB A BANK, the latest release from the esteemed guitarist/singer-songwriter, showcases his continued growth as a songwriter and recording artist. Porter offers a rich blend of salt and sugar with tracks that move easily from rough-hewn electric edges into soulful irony with equal aplomb. Jeff Giles of says, "It’s another solid entry in a discography full of them, and one of the smarter, more durable albums of grown-up music we’re likely to get this year."

Having toured with artists as diverse as Jeff Beck and Tori Amos, Porter capitalizes on his experience as a seasoned live performer on HOW TO ROB A BANK. World-renowned guitarist Greg Koch had this to say about Porter’s new disc: "you get the same feeling listening to it as you do from one of his solo gig's...that you are in the presence of greatness…" Each song is a fresh cross-pollination of styles, genres and musical forms. In theWoody Guthrie-informed, would-be bank robber’s pre-heist confessional title track: [Porter] sings the bailout blues: ‘You can't walk in there brazen with an Uzi like Patty Hearst / I'm gonna secure myself a seat on the board of directors first / That's how you rob a bank.’ Given the cyclical nature of corporate scandals, it's likely that HOW TO ROB A BANK--and the rest of Porter's new album…will remain timely for years to come… (The Onion)

On HOW TO ROB A BANK Porter fills out the production with a deep supporting cast of

musicians he has known and toured with for years. The LA-based folk/rock quartet Raining Jane bring their vocal harmonies, cello, sitar and percussion to the disc in warm and subtle ways. LA über-session artist, Reggie Hamilton, lends his virtuosity on Upright Bass to the title track and Weasel Records labelmate Natalia Zukerman sews her lap-steel, dobro and vocal chops into several tunes.

For the core heavy lifting on the album, Porter enlists his own seasoned backing band of Dave

Adler (keys), Steve Kleiber (Bass), and Dave Schoepke (Drums & Percussion). WILLY PORTER "...has crafted some of his most irresistibly tuneful songs yet." (Shepherd Express) In his most recent offering onWeasel Records "Porter [is] at the top of his game, working off his creative debt to Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan," (Dave Tianen – Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) while showing his listeners HOW TO ROB A BANK.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional sponsorship is provided by Pinnacle Plumbing, LLC, with accommodations provided by the Heidel House.

Tickets for Porter’s much-anticipated return are only $20 and available at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake Bank (Green Lake); Pick N’ Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling (920) 294-4279. Online tickets available at


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