Pete Karsounes talks about his new band Willis with awe. His band Possum Logic broke up on New Year's Eve this year, and he has thrown himself into this new project.
The band was formed when a Boulder jazz trio -- Kyle Ussery, Jeremy Salken and Chris Rowland -- asked Karsounes to join.
Since the four started playing together, it's been nonstop. They made this band their full-time job, and in a matter of months, they have done an East Coast tour, opened for the Neville Brothers and played at the Fox Theatre in Boulder six times.
"We're constantly rehearsing and constantly writing," Karsounes said. "I think it's just the right combination of musicians.
"We want to tour and play some of the major festivals, and we're not in the mood to walk there. We're just going to stay focused and stay original."
If the group does a cover, they do a Jaco Pastorius tune or something by Stevie Wonder, but most of their set is original.
"Everything is fresh. Everything is new," Karsounes said. "The thing I noticed about this band rather than any other is we get everyone dancing every single time.
"I've never been in a band with that kind of power. People say it's because we look like we're having a really good time up there. And we are."