From the rollicking riffs of Big Daddy Kenny Williams guitar to the powerful vocals of Maria Kessler, Papermoon Gypsys pulls earthy music from its roots and breathes fresh, soulful, rock and roll life into them.
Based out of Dana Point, CA., Papermoon Gypsys features Kenny "Big Daddy" Williams who fronts the hot Orange County band along with Maria Kessler on vocals. Since June of 2013 they have secured performances for the first Newport Beach Pop-Up Blues Festival, the Dana Point Food, Wine & Beer Craft Festival, the Real Blues Festival of Orange County, Woodystock and the main stage at the 3rd Annual New Blues Festival. Papermoon Gypsys will give you a big dose of Blues at it's core and a wild side of Rock and Roots added to create their own unique blend.
Kenny started playing at age 7 and went on to learn theory with jazz guitarist Mark Anthony. Kenny also studied a year with classical guitarist Roberto Torres. Later, before she was famous, he studied tapping with Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson) and before touring with country band, Big Sky, studied with telecaster maniac, Will Ray (Hellacastors).
During the 80’s Kenny made a name for himself on the Sunset Strip with heavy metal band, Defiant and had his song Nightstalker played on local radio KNAC. It was on solid rotation at hundreds of college stations around the country which put him in the encyclopedia Metellum also earned a degree in sound and video engineering. He attended at the Institute of Audio/Video Engineering.
These days he has succeeded in bringing a whole music scene to beach town Dana Point, with the city’s first music store and school. Even though there have been imitations, Kenny has tried to bring the quality of LA musicianship to Orange county. He has sought out the best of the best musicians and teachers to bring a quality of education that cannot be surpassed.
Kenny currently is the leader of the Papermoon Gypsys, in which he plays guitar. The band has been taking the southern California area by storm. Albert Margolis-keyboards
Albert started playing music at age 5. By age nine he was writing songs on both guitar and piano, and quickly formed his first of many bands the Roaring Lions. Albert continued to write and perform his music and eventually earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Theory and Composition and an MBA. He’s worked with artists such as Peter Gabriel, Ivan Neville (Rolling Stones/Neville Bros.), Daniel Lanios (U2, etc), Cyril Neville (Neville Bros), Randy Bachman (BTO/Guess Who), Leo Nocentelli & Zigaboo Modeleste (The Meters), Bernie Worrell (Parliament Funkadelic), George Duke (Frank Zappa), Johnny Vatos & John Avila (Oingo Boingo), Doug Wimbish & Will Calhoun (Living Colour), Stanton Moore (Galactc), Richard Street (The Temptations), Oteil Burbridge (The Allman Brothers) just to name a few. Albert also can be seen sharing his rock and roll keyboard techniques on numerous instructional keyboard DVD's he's created for the House of Blues, Casio and Rock House.
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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
We are Blues, Soul and Rock n' Roll. Our sound is a combination of a lot of influences like Koko Taylor, Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Etta James, Grace Slick. Our newer stuff with singer Maria Kessler has taken on more of a Soul approached like Alicia Keys, Alabama Shakes kind of feel. We are working on our next album which we hope to have ready by the beginning of next year. It's going to be full of a lot of surprises.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
The name came from when my daughter sang with me who you hear on the 1st album. We used to go to places and find a pick up band and perform in places like Hawaii. So we were like gypsies. I like the movie Paper Moon with Ryan O'Neal and his daughter Tatum O'Neal. The way they would go around selling bibles to make money really reminded me of my daughter and I. We were trying to sell our music. The Gypsys (spelled wrong on purpose) was a tribute to Hendrix and Band of Gypsys (he also spelled it wrong). So I like the way it looked when Papermoon was one word and Gypsys was spelled wrong. People used to try and correct me all the time about the, like I couldn't spell, LOL!! II really got a kick out of how concerned some people were with my spelling abilities, haha!! Especially, when we all have spell check. I finally got my phone to recognize Papermoon Gypsys as the proper spelling.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
My personal influences stated with my step-father who played with Les Brown's Band of Renown in the 60's. Then it was Hendrix and Jimmy Page which lead to Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon which lead to BB King, Albert King which lead to Bukka White, Luther Tucker. But I also love metal and neo classical metal like Malmstein, Satriani, Vai. But I also like country like Brad Paisley, Vince Gil, Willie Nelson. I guess the list goes on and on. I'm a student of the guitar and I'm always discovering something new. I teach music out of my music store, Kenny's Music in Dana Point, California. I also have a radio show, The Laguna Blues Show, every Friday at 5pm ,on KX93.5 FM PST or live stream on www.kx935.com.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
The new band I have now has been playing together for about a year now and the new sound which includes Walter Wagner on horns has really started developing a new sound I'm really excited about. So we are starting to work on some new material that is going to be very exciting to produce. I've got several new videos of the new band on Reverbnation. You can find it at www.reverbnation.com/papermoongypsy
We also have a youtube channel people can subscribe to see all the latest videos of our performances. There's even a very popular video with Max Bennett (Joni Mitchell, Etta Fitzgerald, Frank Zappa, LA wrecking crew) playing bass with the band. He was my mentor and best friend. Unfortunately he passed last year.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
My ultimate goal is play music till my last day on this little blue rock. I won two LA Music Critic Awards for my last album and want to produce more award winning music. We are in the process of also adding a more professional video into the mix. We have a lot of live ones. We play a lot out so it's hard to find time to do all the things we need to do to share our music with people but the future looks bright for the Papermoon Gypsys. So more recorded music is coming and videos for the singles are in the works. Thanks for the opportunity to be on your station and we hope your listeners enjoy our music.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
Personally, I like "Have You Ever Had A Reason". I love the way Maria sings it. It's a slow blues so it gives me a chance to stretch out on the guitar. It gets the crowd going. I wrote about how sometimes women stick around with the wrong guy because they don't think they can do anything else.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
The biggest challenge is always being heard. I find that the more original you are the harder it is to get people to listen. But I never give up trying.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
The process happens in so many ways that there really isn't a process. Sometimes ideas come in the middle of the night so I sleep with a guitar nearby. And I've learned to have my phone charged so I can record into it in the moment. My wife doesn't always appreciate sleeping with a guitar cuz sometimes I fall asleep with it in my arms still, LOL!! If I'm looking for ideas sometimes I'll look thru my Sammy Cain rhyming dictionary and I have a rap one too. That's actually how I wrote "Love Medication". I looked up everything that had to do with medication and rhymes that worked.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
It's amazing now how you can communicate with so many people and find like minded people. When I played on the Sunset Strip in the eighties all we had was flyers. It was an arduous task to get a following when we first came to LA. That album I wrote for Defiant ended up in the encyclopedia Metallum. It sells on Ebay for $125 last time I looked. You can find it on YouTube under Defiant "Can't Give It Up". I think artist have a much better chance for success with social media these days but there is a lot of bands trying to do the same thing so your music can get lost in the deluge of music out there.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Alabama Shakes- "Hold On"
John Mayer- "Dear Marie"
Joe Bonamassa- "This Train"
Charlie Mussellwhite- "Christo Redemptor"
Kingfish- "I'm Fresh Out"
Pavana- Classical guitar
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?:
Worked on the Space Shuttle and MX missiles.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Learn your craft from people who are better than you. Practice, practice, practice. I practice everyday. Learn something new every day. BB King told me it's not the string size it's in your fingers. He uses .008's. Billy Gibbons uses.007's (those are string sizes).
Here's my practice regimen based off Tarrega (Classical guitarist)
3)Difficult parts in songs
4)Fun (YouTube, new songs, figuring out songs from the radio)
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
Get rid of tribute bands and encourage original music. Stop with the formula music. Take chances on new and different music so the industry will evolve.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
I think it is the cornerstone to music evolution. Nietzsche said "Without music, life would be a mistake". Without original music life would be boring!! Bring back the innovators!!
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
I just want to thank our fans who helped us win and thank you for having me on. I hope we can come back with our new music in the future. Thank you!!