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Behind the scenes with Willy Porter (exclusive video)

by Mark Concannon Special to OnMilwaukee.com

Willy Porter is a busy man these days, doing everything from teaching his 7-year-old son to play the guitar to working with a world famous string quartet to provide a new layer of music to some of his most well-known songs.

The quartet, Carpe Diem from Columbus, Ohio, will play a concert with Willy on Friday, Oct. 8 at The Pabst Theater to promote the release of a new CD featuring Porter's superb vocals and guitar mixed with the quartet's elegant strings.

Willy will also be playing house concerts in October and December for Storyville, a newly-formed coffee company which is sponsoring musicians across the country with all proceeds going to efforts to eradicate human slavery worldwide.

Porter has always been a musician with a conscience, a serious contemplative writer, but someone who has never lost his sense of humor or the love of his hometown, incorporating a Cecil Cooper baseball card into the lyrics of one of his songs. This is an artist who has always focused on the process of creating great music, efforts that have made him a Wisconsin cultural treasure.

We spoke with Willy and had him play a few songs for us at his home studio.

Please visit http://www.onmilwaukee.com/music/articles/willyportervideo.html to watch the video.

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