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Fronting his ensemble with Richard Parke, Laura Guli and Scott Blesener, Will rejoices “It’s a joy to play with such talented musicians.” The band fills out the songs and add the icing on the cake to his originals and unique covers. Not to be tied down to one genre, it is about serving the song that inspires him. “Maya Angelou once said: ‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said and what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel’… same thing about a song and a good one will transform you when you hear it.” He hosts First Friday of the month at Patsy’s Cafe and brings in luminaries like Chuck Hawthorne and Javier Chapparo to round out the evening.

 

The Ensemble

Will Gullatt:                      Vocals and guitar
Richard Parke:                Guitar, Lap Steel and Mandolin
Laura Guli:                      Vocals
Scott Blesener:               Violin

 

 

Having opened for latin rockers Del Castillo and brought in virtuoso violinist Javier Chaparro to record “Don’t Hold Back The Love” and “Desert Rose,” Will’s last project was with 2way Radio, an Americana quartet oozing rocking dance numbers and soothing ballads. His flatpicking and pop style blended well with blues player Alan Stewart on electric and acoustic guitars. They played the Lake Travis party barge circuit and delighted in putting together unique shows and released the 2way Radio cd, the culmination of their three years together.

 

Front Cover Final

 

Will developed much of the material for the Ebb ‘n Flo trio with soaring harmonies and progressions and later continued to work with prominent local lyricist and vocalist Lynette Perkins. With interest from eclectic bands like Roxy Music to psychedelic rock and country, he loves what makes a song distinctive. “When I saw Richard Thompson with his full band break down and come back with a solo and then adding a bass flute duet, I thought that was original and who else is doing that?”
Born on February 10th, 1958 in Santa Barbara, CA. surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, big trees and mountains, he loved nature and would explore his father’s roots in deep south Louisiana. His parents would take him to the symphony as a child where he fell asleep to Mozart and Bach, and as his interest in oil painting gave way to music(hated cleaning brushes), the family finally settled in Austin amidst the cornucopia of various musical styles to discover and inspire. It was songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and Gillian Welch who left their mark and inspired him to look inside and get those songs out. “There is so much love and support for original music In Central Texas from the various songwriting circles, friends and parties to live shows and festivals…the community has always recognized and appreciated innovative material.” Whether reaching for unconditional love or spiritual thirsting in a desert of materialism, his songs offer a unique slant to the discerning listener.