Musician’s Corner Feature – McKinney Williams
Meet McKinney Williams Jr., better known as “BluesMan” McKinneyWilliams Jr, a force to be reckoned with in the world of music and entertainment. Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, McKinney’s journey into the blues began just a year and a half ago, sparked by a profound personal experience – his father’s battle with two strokes.
Despite being a relative newcomer to the blues scene, McKinney has quickly made a name for himself. Affectionately dubbed the “WorkHorse,” he wears multiple hats as an artist, producer, and the visionary owner behind the highly acclaimed Slab CarShow and Concert Series. His roots in the vibrant culture of Jackson, Mississippi, have infused his music with authenticity and a deep connection to the blues tradition.
Before his venture into blues, McKinney had already left an indelible mark in the world of hip-hop. Known for his prowess as a hip-hop artist, he not only carved out a space for himself but also produced major car shows and concerts in the dynamic Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) area. His contributions to the music scene garnered him nominations at the prestigious Jackson Music Awards in Mississippi, a testament to his versatility and impact.
Currently holding the esteemed title of North Texas Solo/Duo Blues Champion, a distinction awarded by the Trinity River Blues Society, McKinney’s blues journey has been nothing short of remarkable. His performances have graced renowned stages, including the 25th Annual Denton Blues Festival, KNONfm 23rd Annual Blues Fest, 51st Annual Bentonia Blues Festival, The Taste of Juneteenth Festival, and the prestigious 2023 Africa Data Conference.
McKinney’s music not only reflects his personal growth but also serves as a bridge between generations, carrying the torch of blues into the future. His unique blend of styles, rooted in the rich traditions of Mississippi blues, brings a fresh and contemporary energy to the genre. Audiences are captivated by his soulful voice, masterful guitar skills, and the authenticity that permeates every note.
Beyond his musical prowess, McKinney is a community builder and cultural curator. The Slab CarShow and Concert Series, a brainchild of his entrepreneurial spirit, stands as a testament to his commitment to showcasing exceptional music and the vibrant car culture deeply intertwined with the southern experience.
As McKinney Williams Jr. continues to evolve and weave his narrative within the blues tapestry, his dedication to the art, his community, and his family remains unwavering. With a personal and universal story, McKinney invites you to join him on a musical journey that transcends time and resonates with the soul. “WorkHorse”, now known as “BluesMan” McKinneyWilliams Jr. is not just an artist; he’s a storyteller, a cultural ambassador, and a true bluesman on the rise.