Pork Chop Willie


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"With this hypnotic, modern approach to the spiritual purgation that is great hill country blues, Pork Chop Willie should turn some earsTracks like Too Many Cuts are strikingly original as the yearn of Tong's violin provides a fresh spin on an old formulaThe debut album...is as raw as any hill country stomp and as haunting as the most backwoods Appalachian holler".
--Living Blues Magazine

"Bill Hammer's gritty vocal style and violinist Melissa Tong's impressive musicianship make for a high quality but approachable sound. Debut album LOVE IS THE DEVIL is full of blues, Americana and alt country mixes that work flawlessly and believably thanks to the chemistry between these two."
--MAVERICK Magazine

Hammer and Tong are able to translate their love for the Hill Country blues into something that is tangible and real, instead of something that is simply mimicked or just plain gimmicky. Right on, Pork Chop Willie. Right on.
AreaWideNews (Arkansas / Missouri)

One of the best debut albums this year.
Adobe and Teardrops, AdobeandTeardrops.Blogspot.com

Brilliant new national debut release Hill Country music and beyond, like you have never heard before An absolutely wonderful album that very quickly rose to the top of my favorites list for 2014 ...
John Vermilyea, Blues Underground Network

I'll be hard pressed to find another debut this year that impresses me as much as this album. All the right ingredients presented with great musicianship and passion. The roots, they be strong and entangled with tradition but with a unique freshness.
Popas Tunes, PopaTunes.Blogspot.com

"Pork Chop Willie's music is hauntingly beautiful. Give them a pat on the backthis record is in my top 10 of the year."
-- Russell Hill's Country Music Show, Express FM, Portsmouth, UK

The music has an almost brutal honesty about it as well as an almost haunting quality in the bands sound Love Is the Devil has a timeless quality that will not grow old.
-- Bill Wilson, Reflections in Blue

"The bands sound is a joyful melange of traditional blues with a somewhat-alternative sensibility." -- -- John Shaw, The Frontline: Blogging the Post-Modern South

Pork Chop Willie's All-Star Revue and Blues Band played their hearts out...we especially enjoyed Pork Chop...terrific sound..."
--Organizer Washington Square Music Festival

"Pork Chop Willie took to the Hill Country music like a catfish to the mud."
--Kenny Brown

"The guitar solo provides that weird bittersweet soaring feeling attendant on falling in love, and the fiddle responds with the frenetic drive that underscores passion... The repetition of the guitar breaks open the soul, so the fiddle can get in the cracks as the rhythm section fills up the belly... It is just what New York City needs."
-- Catherine A. Mulligan, BC BlogCritics
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"If all were right in the world, Pork Chop Willie would be performing their brand of rollicking blues in front of sold-out crowds of adoring fans at Madison Square Garden."
--Jim Byrne, Music Critic
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"F*ck me, this sh*t is good!"
--Red of Red's Juke Joint in Clarksdale, Mississippi

--Boston Blues Society Interview with Pork Chop Willie
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"...it felt more like sitting on a friends porch listening to them sing and pick a bit, rather than a show. Thats cool, we like that."
--Hadar, Music Blogger
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