Archive: Brooks Williams & Jim Henry
Brooks Williams & Jim Henry: Ring Some Changes
Back in 1997 Brooks Williams & Jim Henry hatched a plan to record an album of guitar duets that cross the range of music they love. Country. Folk, Blues, Rock. Jazz. The result is Ring Some Changes. A guitar record of songs. Songs like Richard Thompson's Ring Some Changes, Joseph Spence's On The Rollin' Sea, Everything's Going To Work Out Fine (from the Ry Cooder catalog), as well as originals like Henry's Second Child and Williams' Gender Bender. It has simmered like a fine stew since its release and has become kind of a cult classic. It remains a fan favorite, who say it sounds as fresh today as the day it was recorded. As time allows they get-together for shows. But they are rare! In 2019, their sold-out show at The Parlor Room in Northampton inspired the "sometimes" duo to consider Ring Some Changes 2. And that's what's happening. Stay tuned for new of the new recording and shows!
Jim Henry is one of the most sought-after accompanists in the country. Mary Chapin Carpenter, Paula Cole, The Weepies, Tracy Grammer, Susan Werner, Eliza Gilkyson, Mary Gauthier...the list goes on and on. They have all discovered his "...uncanny ability to provide whatever is needed at any musical moment." (The Brattleboro Reformer). Brooks Williams hails from Statesboro, Georgia (the town made famous by country-blues legend Blind Willie McTell) and is ranked in the “Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists.” He’s a mean finger-picker, a stunning slide guitarist and “has a beautiful voice that you just melt into.” (AmericanaUK)