Les Wilson's Mighty House Rockers
Les Wilson began playing guitar in 1970 at the aged 15 -and by the time he
was 19 he was playing professionally in clubs and pubs in Midlands before
forming The Mighty Houserockers in 1981.
Influenced by astistes including George Thorogood, Hound Dog Taylor, The
Fabulous Thunderbirds, Son Seals, Elmore James, BB King, Albert King , Buddy
Guy, Otis Rush, Rory Gallagher, and Ry Cooder, all these artistes have
contributed to shaping the Les Wilson "hot-dog" slide style.
However, Les is also a fine acoustic player - and solo gigs today still
betray his musical influences in this genre - such as the great Richard
In 1987 - Les was a live session guest on "The Paul Jones Blues Show ' on
BBC Radio 2
and in 1989 - Les Wilson & the Houserockers first album "Fine Looking Woman
' was released on the prestigious blues label Red Lightnin'. Three more
studio albums and a live album have followed, and also a compilation album
entitled "A Ton Of Red Lightnin'"
Les Wilson's Mighty Houserockers continue to perform at the top UK blues
venues and have played at the Great British Blues Festival at Colne,Lancashire
many times - twice on the International stage, and have headlined the British
stage three times.
At the recent Kendal International Guitar Festival - Les Wilson appeared
on equal billing with Gordon Giltrap, Jerry Donahue, John Renbourn and Kent
The band have toured Europe since the early 90's, with many festival
Luxembourg Jazz & Blues Festival 2004, numerous appearances at Cork Jazz &
Blues Festival in Ireland, and festivals and tours in Holland and Belgium.