Big Daddy Wilson was born over 50 years ago in a small town called Edenton, North Carolina. “We were very poor, but I had a very beautiful childhood” , Wilson remembers. “Me and my sisters were raised by Mom and Grandma. We lived a simple life, we went to church every Sunday. I worked during the summer in the tobacco fields and cotton fields, I was a real country boy”. Living in a small town in the south, jobs were scarce for a black man.
Young Wilson quit school at 16, and joined the US Army. A few years later Wilson met a German girl who became his wife and he decided to stay in the country. “I met the blues in Germany when I went for the first time to a real blues concert. In Edenton we used to listen to gospel and to the country music played at the local radio station. I didn’t know what the blues was before”, Wilson says. “It was in Germany were I found a part of me that was missing for so long, the blues.”