Will Dupuy & the Wilderness
featuring the original South Austin Jug Band
Monday, October 11, 2021
Part of the Austin music scene for more than 20 years, singer/songwriter/bass player Will Dupuy brings his new band to light with the November release of Tall Tales From Texas. A long time member of the much loved South Austin Jug Band as well as a sideman to such Texas headliners as Bob Schneider, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, and Jason Boland & the Stragglers, and beloved children’s act, AKA Mr. Will, Dupuy brings his best songs and a stellar backup band to a debut overflowing with the sound of traditional Texas country with his own personal little twist.
Texas-born and bred, Will Dupuy received the music gene from his mother, Virginia; a Grammy-nominated opera singer who currently teaches voice at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. In the late 1990s, Dupuy started at Trinity University in San Antonio where he met Brian Duckworth, fiddle player for the Robert Earl Keen band. Duckworth introduced him to Texas country singer-songwriter Rodney Hayden. Dupuy joined Hayden’s band and never looked back. With the South Austin Jug Band only playing very occasionally of late, Dupuy keeps busy as Mr. Will, a children’s performer with the ability to both educate and entertain, who’s also released 2 compact discs featuring an eclectic mix of fun originals and sprite cover tunes. Dupuy’s new musical endeavor, Will and the Wilderness keep true to his taste for all sorts of American music. While concentrating on his satisfying originals, they mix in songs from Robert Earl Keen, Townes Van Zandt, the Grateful Dead, and a few unexpected surprises. He’s also a member of Fennario Flats, a bluegrass exploration of the Grateful Dead canon with some of Austin’s best biggest Deadheads and best acoustic musicians.
“I set out to make a record that encompassed a lot of the styles and textures that I personally enjoy, and help tell my musical story. I’m darn lucky to have such talented friends that were willing to go on this Tall Tales from Texas journey with me. For this, I am eternally grateful!”