Willie Weeks was born in Salemburg, North Carolina, and began playing bass in the early 1960s when he was a teenager. Influenced by the music he heard on the radio—country, pop and R&B, and by bassists Ron Carter, James Jamerson and Ray Brown, he developed into an in-demand studio session bassist as well as a member of top-line artists touring bands.
Willie Weeks has worked with Chaka Khan, David Bowie, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Jimmy Buffett, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Bo Diddley, The Doobie Brothers, Aretha Franklin, Vince Gill, Isaac Hayes, Beatle George Harrison, Billy Joel, Wynonna Judd, B.B. King, Lyle Lovett, Michael McDonald, Don McLean, John Mayer, Bette Midler, David Lee Roth, Randy Newman, Carly Simon, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones, James Taylor, Leon Russell, Steve Winwood, Stevie Wonder, Etta James and countless others.
Willie Weeks has appeared in two movies, Blues Brothers 2000 and Lightning in a Bottle.
Willie Weeks has never been limited by musical genres; he has played blues, soul, R&B, country and jazz. As a musician, he is exceptionally versatile and adaptable to a wide range of styles and genres.
Willie played a three-and-a-half-minute bass solo on Donny Hathaway’s 1972 Live album. That performance on the song “Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything)” is a landmark recording for bass players.
Willie Weeks played bass at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, hosted by Eric Clapton and featuring some of the top guitarists in the world. Weeks was a member of Clapton’s house band on his 2013 world tour with the Crossroads Guitar Festival.
For fans of the bass, Willie Weeks plays a 1962 Fender Bass, a 1958 Precision bass, and a 1964 Jazz Bass. During tours, in addition to those basses, he has played other basses made by Fender, Kay and Alleva Coppolo. He is acknowledged as one of the greatest bass players to ever play that instrument and is known all over the world as a bass player’s bass player.