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Brooks Williams & Lightning Express bring together Statesboro, Georgia born roots guitarist Brooks Williams with bassist Andy Seward and drummer Keith Angel (aka Lightning Express). The resulting sound is Transatlantic in the truest sense of the word, where Angel’s kickin’ world grooves and Seward’s northern soul-like bass-lines meet Williams’ blues-soaked Americana. It’s an upbeat, danceable mix of rootsy funkiness and intelligent twang. The three met when recording Williams’ 2013 break-through album, New Everything, and were so excited about the resulting sound that they decided to take it on the road. Their first official gig was at none other than the legendary Cropredy Festival in 2013, playing on the big stage to 20,000 people. Echoes of New Orleans and Memphis meet Northern Soul in this inspired collaboration.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
24 Feb Roots Music Club, Doncaster
4 Mar Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, Dorset
Netherlands & Belgium
6 Apr The Lock-keepers, Maassluis, The Netherlands
8 Apr Henk & Anna’s Stage, Speelplaats, Baars, The Netherlands
9 Apr Cafe Cambrinus Concerten, Horst, The Netherlands
10 Apr Ad van Meurs Presenteert / Meneer Frits, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
12 Apr Crossroads Session, Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
13 April Puur Wit Concerten, Kerkje Terheijden, The Netherlands
14 April Rock Around Turnhout, Turnhout, Belgium
15 Apr Southern Roots Night Festival, Heerlen, The Netherlands
16 Apr Estrado, Harderwijk, the Netherlands
17 Apr Parel van Zuilen, Utrecht, The Netherlands
14 Oct Eastwell Village Hall, Eastwell, Leicestershire
Brooks Williams, ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, is one of the most versatile and entertaining performers on the roots music scene today. From Statesboro, Georgia USA, he is a proverbial triple threat: a fiery guitarist, a smooth-as-silk vocalist, and stunning songwriter. Martin Simpson calls Williams “The real thing.” fRoots says Williams “really rocks, stirring up soulful Americana, full-on blues and tasty rootsy grooves."
Andy Seward has played bass for just about everyone imaginable and has produced some of the biggest artist in the UK folk scene. His credits read like a virtual who’s who and include Kate Rusby, Martin Simpson, Kris Drever, Jon Tams, Heidi Talbot, Eddi Reader, John McCusker, The Finks, and the BBC Radio Ballads.
Keith Angel is a drummer/percussionist extraordinaire and owner of Wavelength Studio in Doncaster. His list of credits includes The Finks, The Angel Brothers. Martin Simpson, Fay Heild, John McCusker, Kate Rusby, Jon Tams.
"Ear-gasmic delight!" (The Graveyard Shift)
“Absoultely beyond criticism!” fRoots
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