Brooks' Blues CD

Recorded “old school” with just voice and guitar (acoustic, resonator and cigar box), live in the studio, using vintage mics and a creaky chair, Brooks’ Blues is a fitting homage to the music that has inspired this Statesboro, Georgia native since, well, the day he was born.

 This album of Williams' favorite blues songs includes Robert Johnson's From Four Until Late, Memphis Slim's Mother Earth, Bessie Smith's Backwater Blues, and, of course, Willie McTell's Statesboro Blues. Williams says: “I’m pretty sure my mother and father weren’t thinking anything about blues music when I was born in Statesboro, Georgia. Little did they know what a legacy they were handing me.” Brooks’ Blues represents Williams’ unique relationship with the blues, a relationship based not only on a ‘feel’ for the music, and a technical prowess with the music, but also an intimate knowledge of the place from which this music has sprung. His soulful arrangements are fresh and re-visioned, but they are also as familiar as a front-porch conversation. Blues great Willie Dixon once said, “The blues is the roots, the rest are the fruits.” "I’ve built a 25-plus career on the fruits,” says Williams. “Now’s the time for the roots.”

My Turn Now CD

"My Turn Now" is a rocking collection of eleven songs, seven original and four covers, brought to life by a muscular trio of Brooks Williams on resonator guitar and lead vocals, Richard Gates or A. Murray Kahn on electric bass, and co-producer Chris Pepper on the drums. Also featured is very special guest Sally Barker on backing vocals. At the centre of it all is Williams’ latest batch of songs. Words like ‘timeless,’ ‘astutely observed,’ ‘archetypal’ just about cover it. But at its core it is all about contrast. It's a collision of roots and evolution. 

There’s “Joker’s Wild,” with its hard-hitting lyrics and J.J. Cale groove; “Rosalyn,” with its buoyant Americana chords and doomed love affair. “My Turn Now” is a full-on Johnny Winter-fueled blues about a motorcycle racer who’s fed up with losing, and “Nine Days’ Wonder,” with its jaunty Ry Cooder-esque slide guitar and a cynical lyric about short-lived sensations.

 “Year Began,” one of Williams’ most compelling songs to date, is about the fateful jump of Evil Knievel over the fountains of Cesar’s Palace on New Years’ Eve in 1967. And if that weren’t enough, who would think Mose Allison’s caustic “Your Mind Is On Vacation” could make such a good rocker? It’s all there but the howling feedback. "My Turn Now" is like drinking whiskey from a honey jar, you get both the sweet and the bite.
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Shreveport Sessions CD

A stunning live set from Brooks' 2014 New Everything Tour, this high-energy session was recorded at Fairfield Studios concert series in Shreveport, Louisiana USA. The dozen tracks literally rock as Brooks alternates between acoustic and resonator slide guitar. Featured are tour favorites such as Georgia, Frank Delandry, Time I Spend With You, Three Little Words, Mercury Blues, and Deep River Blues. Great songs, great guitar, and great vocals make this recording an instant classic and a must-have for all Brooks fans!
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New Everything CD

New Everything is the highly anticipated new release from singer-songwriter guitarist Brooks Williams. The songs on the recording have been audience favourites long before the release of this album. On New Everything Brooks’ voice and guitar take center stage. And with the help of a few friends – chiefly Martin Simpson, Boo Hewerdine, John Wheeler, Neil McSweeney, Steve Lockwood, Kevin McGuire, Keith Angel and Andy Seward – the resulting sound is upbeat, jubilant and soulful. Included on the 13-track CD are Williams’ Carry On, One Step, Prosperity and Time 4 Love (to name but four), alongside the classic King Of California, Mercury Blues and Deep River Blues. New Everything walks the line between blues and Americana. Imagine Doc Watson, Willie Nelson, Lonnie Johnson and Blind Boy Fuller sitting in a bar having a jam – and you’re just about there!
“I’ve known Brooks for many years. He’s a lovely player, a lovely singer, and a great writer and a lovely man. The real thing. (Martin Simpson)  
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Baby O! CD

Red-clay soul and wind-blown twang - the deepest and most intense interpretations of everything from early blues songs to his recent original compositions - Baby O! is Williams'  17th CD (his first recorded in the UK) and features "Walk You Off My Mind," "Frank Delandry," and "Grinnin' In Your Face". Williams’ voice floats over foot-stomping grooves and fleet-fingered riffs (played on both acoustic and resonator slide guitars), supported by bass, pedal steel and dobro, and harmonica. Released Spring 2010.
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Brooks Guitars CD

Brooks’ Guitars showcases what a guitar sounds like in the hands of a master!The performances virtually jump out of the speakers. You may have heard some of these tunes before but you’ve not heard them played like this! The listener gets a glimpse into the scope of Williams’ playing. His sound is singular yet encompasses a broad range of styles including bluesy picking (“Belfast Blues”), open tunings (“South Hill”), jazzy melodies (“Chelsea Boots”), traditional classics (“Love Me Tender”) and even some sultry slide guitar (“Goodbye Walker Percy”). With a few new songs added to the set list (“Joanna” and “Morning Captain”), this is a vibrant collection of guitar music.
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The Time I Spend With You CD

A high-energy up-beat recording of rootsy originals, bluesy classics, and finger-picked instrumentals. This inspiring collection of traditional and original music features Williams' signature acoustic and resonator guitar riffs and resonant vocals supported by a stellar collection of special guests including Dave Mattacks (Richard Thompson, Rosanne Cash) on drums and Richard Gates (Suzanne Vega) on bass. The songs are stunning, the picking sublime, and the singing drips with buttery soul. Released: Winter 2008.
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Christmas 2014 EP

An upbeat, twangy Christmas EP featuring Brooks’ classic-sounding “Shaking These Christmas Blues,” alongside a mandolin infused “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” and closing with an retro Gretsch guitar instrumental version of “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear.” Think cowboy bar band playing jazz and you’re just about there!

More New Everything EP

More New Everything EP is a delightful collection of bonus tracks from the New Everything sessions. The seven tracks include Going Away and Are You Tired Of Me My Darling as well as two winter/seasonal songs - Shakin' These Christmas Blues and Winter Moon II - recorded especially for this collection. Featured on the recording alongside Brooks' guitars and singing is Sam Sweeney on fiddle, Andy Seward on double bass, Keith Angel on drums, and Rowan Rheingans on banjo. "Absolutely beyond criticism!" (fRoots)
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“Absolutely beyond criticism!” (fRoots)

Live Blues EP CD

Brooks kicked off the Crawley Blues Festival in November 2010 with a rockin' set of blues and originals. This EP-length CD captures all the locomotion of that train a-rollin' with his voice soaring above high-energy riffs and down-home grooves. Evenly divided between resonator guitar and six-string acoustic, this set includes some of his most-requested songs: Statesboro Blues, Weepin' Willow Blues, Walk You Off My Mind, Frank Delandry, Amazing Grace, and the tender classic, Louis Collins. Released June 2011. Available as download only.
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Blues & Ballads CD

Guitar legend Brooks Williams pays homage to his roots on this romp through blues and folk classics. Blues & Ballads is a stripped-down, rockin' recordiing features acoustic guitar, National resonator slide guitar, double bass, and vocals on tracks like "Weepin' Willow Blues," "Trouble In Mind" and "Don't Get Around Much Anymore." A must-have classic. Released: Winter 2006. Available for Download only.
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Live Solo CD

Awesome acoustic guitarist and singer-songwriter in a live and solo setting. Singing and playing mostly original songs, Live Solo was recorded at a handful of venues between 1998 and 2003. Featuring Williams' guitar tour-de-force "Belfast Blues," the lovely "Dancer's Delight," and the rockin' traditional "Old Blue." Fourteen tracks in all, four instrumentals and ten with vocals. Released Winter 2004.
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Guitar Groove DVD

Brooks Williams teaches riffs, chords and grooves that move beyond first position cowboy chords and straight ahead strumming into the world of guitar groove. The focus is on moving chords, added bass lines, funky right hand rhythms and bluesy riffs. This 90 minute DVD, released on Woodhall Music-Canada, includes a bonus "licks & tricks" section.
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Blues Guitar Basics DVD

Brooks Williams teaches basic blues guitar vocabulary - the chord forms, the rhythms and the riffs - on this 75 minutes DVD, released by Woodhall Music-Canada. Featuring the basic shuffle groove in multiple keys, basic versions of "Statesboro Blues" and "Sweet Home Chicago," and even a bonus section on fingerpicking the country blues classic "Louis Collins."
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