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The Austin 100: Willie J Healey

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Willie J Healey is performing at SXSW 2019.
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Hometown: Oxford, England

Genre: Rock

Why We're Excited: For his provocatively titled 666 Kill EP, singer-songwriter Willie J Healey gave himself an assignment to write and complete songs built around the first idea that sprang into his head, without overthinking things or censoring himself. A generally easygoing sort, musically speaking, Healey followed through with a batch of deeply ominous songs about death and the devil, who pays a literal visit in the EP's title track. But the songs themselves have a mournful quality: They're beautiful, really, with a bit of Elliott Smith in the way they play out.


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