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The 'Future' Looks Bright For Finland's Willie And The Good Souls' Latest Single And Video
Following the success of Finland-based roots rockers Willie & The Good Souls' third album; (self-titled Willie & The Good Souls), the band is back from extensive European touring to solidify their place in your Rock n’ Roll playlist. Incorporating a vast, extensive range of instrumentation, this five member Rock band has channeled the sounds and emotions of the greats to create a unique dynamic all of their own. Willie & The Good Souls incorporate Classic American funk and roots with Slavic melodies and themes.
With over 125K Spotify streams and more than 50K views on Youtube, Willie And The Goodsouls are poised for a worldwide breakthrough. The band started as a cathartic 2014 solo project for singer/guitarist Ville Vesalainen. After recording his debut album, Fortunate Son, in just 4 days, Ville recruited musicians Petra Wahlsten – vocals, violin; Tuomas Riihimäki – keyboards;Jukka Lehto – bass guitar, vocals; and Jussi Vuola – drums, vocals; and the solo project became a "band."
With the release of 2016's Free Willie album, the band toured Europe, entering the studio again in 2019 to record their current self-titled album. Released in 2020, Willie And The Goodsouls features 8 tracks, including the new single, "Future." The album was produced by Hannu Leiden and Eero Kaukomies.
Founding member Ville Vesalainen, (guitar and vocals), was once known in his circle as the Finnish E-Street band, as he played most of all the instruments on the debut album; Fortunate Son. A clever, a mature interpretation of classic rock anthems, Fortunate Son garnered the attention of Petra Wahlsten (vocals, violin) who convinced Ville to enlist an entire band for their second album; Free Willie.
With an impressive catalog of material under V.R. Label Finland, including an array of videos on YouTube, Willie & The Good Souls look now to the future, a fourth album and a broader tour focus. The current line-up is: Ville Vesalainen - vocals, guitar, Petra Wahlsten - vocals, violin, Tuomas Riihimäki – keyboards, Jukka Lehto - bass, vocals, Jussi Vuola - drums, vocals.