Bill Lake Stories

Bill Lake: Windy City Blues


A prominent New Zealand blues guitarist – of the electric variety – once told Bill Lake that any local blues players were lying if they didn’t admit they learnt about the blues from John Mayall. For New Zealand teenagers who came of age during the heyday of The La De Da’s and The Underdogs, that may well be true. But Lake demurred, albeit to himself. 

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Bill Lake: Mammals and Pelicans


Acoustic or electric: Bill Lake’s music has worked on alternate currents in the decades since he first appeared on the Wellington blues scene in the late 60s. “There have always been these increasingly divergent paths, but I’ve never let go of either of them.” Despite his passion for acoustic blues, Lake was in demand to contribute electric guitar to blues and R&B bands such as the Original Sin, Capel Hopkins Blues Dredge, and Mammal. (Read: Bill Lake part one, Windy City Blues.)

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