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Name: Sweet Willie Tea

Roots brew:This one-man band plays original and classic old-timey roots, blues and Americana tunes. He uses a six- and 12-string acoustic guitar, as well as electric guitars, a cigar box guitar, banjo, mandolin and harmonica. He also sing and pumps a bass drum with his feet.

Next up: Hear Willie play 2:30-4 p.m. on the acoustic stage at Ferndale’s Brews, BBQ and Bourbon festival on Nine Mile, just east of Woodward. He’s one of many acts booked to perform Friday-Sunday on three stages. Naturally, the party also includes food, beer and whiskey. Visit for more info on the event, and for music and more dates.

Melody Baetens

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