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Short Blurb

If country blues and Americana had a love-child it would be Brooks Williams. A mean finger-picker, a stunning slide guitarist and a singer with a voice, according to AmericanaUK, “that you just melt into.” fRoots says, “he really rocks!” Ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, with twenty-eight albums to his name and a vigorous touring schedule in the US, the UK and Europe, Brooks Williams is one of acoustic roots music’s guiding lights.

Long Press Release

Brooks Williams hails from Statesboro, Georgia, the town made famous by country-blues legend Blind Willie McTell. Ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, he’s a mean finger-picker and a stunning slide guitarist. Plus, “he has a beautiful voice,” says AmericanaUK, “that you just melt into.” Not one easy to pigeon-hole, Brooks' music is the love-child of country-blues and Americana. fRoots says, "Soulful Americana, full-on blues and tasty rootsy grooves. He really rocks!” 

Williams got his start in the clubs and bars around Boston, the same music scene that years earlier sparked the careers of Bonnie Raitt and Chris Smither. There, playing 5-6 nights a week, he developed his signature sound: laid-back low-country vocals floating over Resonator riffs, Piedmont picking, and cigar box slide. No wonder friend and fellow guitar wizard Martin Simpson calls Brooks the “Real Thing!” 

His massive repertoire reads like a roots music Hall Of Fame. Classic blues ranging from Bessie Smith to Memphis Slim. Compelling covers from the likes of Dave Alvin, Buddy Miller and Mose Allison. “On top of all this,” writes American Roots UK, “is his songwriting which stands comparison with virtually any of his peers.” Rooted in tradition his songs are timeless. Utterly contemporary they are wryly observed and relevant. 

With twenty-eight albums to his name, including his latest, "Lucky Star", plus “Brooks’ Blues” (2017), “My Turn Now” (2016) and “Shreveport Sessions” (2014), and a vigorous touring schedule, Williams is one of acoustic roots music’s guiding lights. From festival stages to listening rooms, from Newport to Philly, Boston to Glasgow, Cambridge to Belfast, London to Detroit, Brooks Williams is, says the San Antonio Light, “a fret monster who has to be seen to be believed!”

Quotes

"At the top of his game, setting new standards and a fresh direction for the blues." Blues In Britain 

"His soothing well-oiled vocals are sweet without affectation. Yet his blues-drenched guitar has grizzle and tough knowledge."  The Boston Herald 

“How soulful a solo guitarist can be when he has talent, taste and astonishing technique.” Blues Revue  

“Deft, tasteful guitar chops.” Rolling Stone   

"Brooks Williams would undoubtedly be hailed as one of the acoustic guitar gods of our time were he not also such a sweet singer and smart songwriter."  The Boston Globe

"Sublime, no nonsense, rhythmic roots." R2 

"In person and on record, his passion for musical discovery and his joy at sharing those discoveries make Brooks Williams a one-of-a-kind artist. Brooks Williams is a journey agent of the highest order. Enjoy the trip!"   Bob McWilliams, Host,"Trail Mix", Kansas Public Radio 

"Williams couldn't play a more appropriate acoustic guitar if he tried. His guitar sounds glorious and full-bodied - what is that thing?"  Guitar Player 

"If Pete Seeger is right, and the answer to world peace is music, Brooks Williams would make a great choice for ambassador."  Sing Out!

"Stop. Look. And above all listen."  The Village Voice 

"The real thing." Martin Simpson 

"Top Banana!" (No Bones Jones, Green Trader Award, Glastonbury Festival 2010) 

"Soulful Americana, full-on blues, and tasty rootsy grooves." fRoots 

"He's a true master of everything guitar, from acoustic to slide to electric to resonator, nylon-string to arch-top to cigar-box!" Fatea 

"Williams is not only an excellent story teller, he’s not afraid of using a melody." Rocking Magpie 

"Like a more upbeat Bruce Cockburn - from an artist who only gets better with every release."  Mojo 

"One of the most consistently excellent musicians in roots music. On top of all this is his songwriting which stands comparison with virtually any of his peers." American Roots UK 

 “Top 100 All-time Artists” WUMB-FM, Boston USA 

“Melodic virtuosity on the guitar that runs like liquid from his fingers.”  The Irish News 

 

Selected Venue & Festival Highlights

Freight & Salvage - Berkeley, CA
The Tin Angel - Philadelphia, PA
Godfrey Daniels - Bethlehem, PA
Hooker Dunham Theater - Brattleboro, VT
Calvin College - Grand Rapids, MI
Pioneer Arts Center - Easthampton, MA
Kerrville Folk Festival - Kerrville, TX
Philadelphia Folk Festival - PA
Club Passim - Cambridge, MA
The Old Town School of Folk Music - Chicago, IL
Haverhill Arts Center - England
The Borderline - London, England
Cambridge Folk Club - England
Royal Hall - North Yorkshire, England
Music Hall - Aberdeen, Scotland
Queen's Hall - Edinburgh, Scotland
Eccles Auditorium - Logan, UT
The Stables - Milton Keynes, England
Seattle Folklore Society - Seattle, WA
Swallow Hill - Denver, CO
The Palms - Davis, CA
The Roxy - Boston, MA
The Towne Crier - Pawling, NY
The Bottom Line - New York, NY
The Iron Horse - Northampton, MA
Fiddle & Bow - Winston Salem, NC
Cactus Cafe - Austin, TX
The Bluebird Cafe - Nashville, TN
The Birchmere - Alexandria, VA
Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse - Dallas, TX
The Ark - Ann Arbor, MI
Eddie's Attic - Atlanta, GA
Black Rose Acoustic Music Society, Colorado Springs, CO

 

 

Evanston Space - Evanston, IL
Colonial Theatre - Keene, NH
Gottagetgon Festival - New York
Center for the Arts - Natick, MA
Wildflower Festival -  Richardson, TX
Fairport's Cropredy Convention - England
Glastonbury Festival - England
The Green Note - London, England
Birmingham Intl. Jazz and Blues Festival - England
Mountain Spirit Coffeehouse - Asheville, NC
Baldwin's Station - Sykesville, MD
Avalon Theatre - Easton, MD
Washington University - St. Louis, MO
Lebanon Opera House - Lebanon, NH
New Bedford Folk Festival - New Bedford, MA
Swannanoa Gathering - Asheville, NC
The Turning Point - Piermont, NY
Ely Folk Festival - England
Maverick Festival - England
Shrewsbury Festival - England
The Folklore Centre - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Dalhousie University - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
The Bull Run - Shirley, MA
Caffe Lena - Saratoga Springs, NY
The Rogue Folk Club - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Guitar Stars Festival - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Winnipeg Folk Festival - Manitoba, Canada
Belfast Folk Festival - Northern Ireland
Ben & Jerry's Newport Folk Festival - Rhode Island
Boston Folk Festival - Boston, MA
Cornerstone Festival -  Bushnell, Illinois
Edinburgh Folk Festival - Scotland
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival - Hillsdale, New York