Brooks Williams: acoustic guitar
John Daniel: second acoustic guitar on “Little Lion,” “Lizard Logic,” “Belfast Blues” and “Asa Branca"
Recorded and Mixed by Mark Thayer at Signature Sounds, Palmer, Massachusetts USA, August-October 1999.
Produced and arranged by Brooks Williams
Mastered by David Glasser at Airshow
Original photos by Mark Rea
Original design by Lehndorff Design
Reissue design by Leslie Lee
Brooks’ red guitar built by Brad Nickerson and heard throughout this recording.
All songs and arrangements by Brooks Williams (c) Red Guitar Blue Music
(aka Brooks Williams Music) Copyright Controlled. Except: “O Leaozinho”
Polygram Do Brasil Ltda.; “Water Song” Fish-Scent Music Co.; “Asa Branca”
Fermata Rio Musica Ltda.; “54-64 Was My Number” Polygram International
Originally issued on Signature Sounds, 2000.
In 1999 when Signature Sounds suggested I make an acoustic guitar record I was dubious. Who would possibly want to hear me play guitar more than a few minutes without singing? Well, as it turns out, quite a few people. And thus Little Lion made its way in the world. To make this recording I stood (and continue to stand) on the shoulders of those who led the way, coaxing melodies and rhythms from a box of wood strung with six steel strings. Bert Jansch and John Renbourne played no small part in Belfast Blues and Joyful; Pierre Bensusan and Michael Hedges
in Frenzy At The Feeder and Only For A Moment; Tony Rice and Norman Blake in What Wondrous Love and Magpie; Leo Kottke and John Fahey in Goodbye Walker Percy and Water Song; Luiz Bonfa and Pat Metheny in O
Leaozinho and Asa Branca; and Ernest Ranglin and Ali Farka Toure in 54-64 Was My Number, Meesa Kaibash and Lizard Logic. To me the guitar remains a song deliverer. It gives the singer a platform for telling their tales. In between the words are the notes. On Little Lion we just put all those notes in one place.
"While there are a good number of acoustic guitar albums out, there are not many from artists who are primarily singer-songwriters. Brooks Williams excels at being both the guitar player and the composer-vocalist. Little Lion is worthy album that is on a level with the work of the best guitar specialists."
- George Graham, WVIA (Read Full Review)
"Brooks Williams' recent all-instrumental recording, "Little Lion" (Signature Sounds), was a long time coming and was worth the wait.
As fans of the singer-songwriter have known for years, Williams is as eloquent a player as he is a writer, and it's great that he allows himself to focus on that aspect of his art on the baker's dozen tracks on "Little Lion," a mix of original compositions and renditions of melodies by the likes of Caetano Veloso, Jorma Kaukonen, and a Brazilianized bit of Beethoven, among others."
- Seth Rogovoy, The Berkshire Eagle