Shannon "Bayou" Williford

Shannon “Bayou” Williford is a veteran of more than 40 years in entertainment and education. He is an award-winning musician and educator. He has played thousands of schools, festivals, clubs, parks, camps, churches, and other venues in the Southeast and Midwest. Williford’s “What the Blues has Done for You” assembly performance has been in more than 600 schools, as well as other locations. “Bayou” produced four albums for his act Delicious Blues Stew, as well as solo albums for his Bullfrog Revue and Nick & Bayou incarnations. Other productions include his own “Genuine Fake Cajun” album and “Live at Phil Brady’s World’s Greatest Blues Jam.” He was a classroom teacher (English/Speech/Drama) in Louisiana for seven years and a music teacher in Nashville for 22 years, all the while leading several popular blues, rock and folk acts and performing/recording with other musical groups. Williford founded and helmed concert series and other performances. He can deliver his “Blues in the Schools” program in a complete package, with no tech assistance needed. Williford can also lead blues songwriting workshops for middle, high school or college English, history and music classes. Pre-K to middle school groups have enjoyed Williford’s “Cajun Stories & Songs.” Williford’s awards are for his educational performances, his instrumental ability, his songwriting and his production work.