Porter's songwriting is both lyrically rich and musically adventurous, and he is an accomplished finger-style guitarist. Porter's music moves easily from guitar-driven rock to the open-tuned wonderland of the new acoustic frontier.
His live shows combine his guitar playing, songwriting and on-stage improvisational skills as a storyteller. With a career spanning more than 20 years, Porter’s latest CD is entitled, "Cheeseburgers & Gasoline," (released Nov 2012) and is available from Weasel Records.
Known for performing plugged-in acoustic shows that vibrate with energy, Porter takes concertgoers on a journey. Dynamics in live performance are vital; when we honor those quiet moments, the power of being loud seems to have so much more meaning, Porter said. In my shows I’ve always tried to cover as much emotional ground as I could so that the show feels more like a ride.
Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull has described Porter’s musicianship this way: “Willy Porter’s music demonstrates admirably that the technical excellence of his guitar-playing will never overwhelm the essence of the song itself. In perfect symbiosis, the disciplines of performance and songwriting combine together to create the unique work for which he is admired by professional peers and audiences alike. Oh and he’s a damn fine singer too. Thank goodness he doesn’t play the flute.