Bill Abel

Bill Abel is a Delta blues guitar player and singer through and through. Growing up in Belzoni, Mississippi, he befriended a neighborhood welder and blues guitarist named Paul “Wine” Jones. The future Fat Possum Records artist became Abel’s mentor. Through the years, Abel has deepened his musical knowledge by accompanying other legends like Honeyboy Edwards, Henry Townsend, T-Model Ford and many others. Abel has also recorded with Big George Brock, Cadillac John Nolden, Sam Carr, Hubert Sumlin, Odell Harris and others. He’s played many European shows as well. Often, he plays traditional country blues on cigar-box guitars. He makes these instruments using driftwood from the Mississippi River. He also plays acoustic and electric guitars with a full band, solo, or a one-man blues band with foot drums. His most recent release is “Bill Abel, One-Man-Band” recorded live with no overdubs.