5 April 2024

On the eve of the Greens And Blues Tour (Part Two), Aaron Catlow and I are blown away by the news our friend Nick sent us from RnR magazine last night. These tours with Aaron are a complete blast - you know what I mean if you've seen one of our concerts - and I always look forward to taking our duo on the road. Always a joy. Hopefully see you out there!

Here's where we'll be touring…WATCH…..

                                                      Photo by Andy Craig


CONCERTS GALORE! April-May-June 2024
(All Concerts Brooks & Aaron Unless Otherwise Noted)
APRIL
6th Hunmanby Community Centre, Hunmanby, North Yorkshire
19th (SOLO) Woodman Folk Club, Kingswinford, West Midlands
23rd Gunthorpe Village Hall, Gunthorpe, Nottingham
26th Cambridge Folk Club, Cambridge
27th Apr Somborne Session, Kings Somborne, Hampshire
29th Conwy Folk Club, Conwy, Wales
May
2nd Kirkcaldy Music Club, Kirkcaldy, Scotland
3rd Going Up Country Blues Club, Worthenbury, Wales
9th Ebenezer’s, Crewe, Cheshire
10th Holyrood Church, Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland
11th Wee Bear Cafe, Bridgend of Lintrathen Scotland
12th Wee Bear Cafe, Bridgend of Lintrathen Scotland 
13th The Lightship, Blyth Harbour, Northumberland 
14th The Corner House Arts Centre, Surbiton, Greater London
17th (SOLO) Highfield House, Driffield, East Yorkshire
18th (SOLO) Village Hall, Rampton, Cambridgeshire
June
5th Grateful Fred’s, The Atkinson, Southport, Merseyside
14th Bluestone Brewery, Newport, Wales
15th Cubanas, Barry, Wales
22nd (SOLO) Summer Festival, The Anchor, Sevenoaks, Kent
23rd Folk at the Froize, Froize Freehouse, Woodbridge, Suffolk 

 

 

                                                                         Photo by Jo Williams


TOO HOT-SHOT
The acoustic guitar is not only my bread and butter but it is also my heart and soul. That's not to say I don't feel drawn to other instruments, but I think it is fairly safe to say that after 55-plus years, I'm pretty much an acoustic guitarist for life. Secretly, though, I sometimes wish I had gone down a different route. Double bass is pretty amazing. As is chromatic harmonica. And then there's always the electric guitar. The sound I've always loved is the roots-country Fender Telecaster sound. There are loads of great players who play in that style but the one I'm thinking of today is James Burton. Of Ricky Nelson, Everly Brothers, Glen Campbell, Emmy Lou Harris and Elvis fame - to name but a VERY few. We crossed paths once in Memphis. He was being honoured in a show at a music conference I was attending. There were 200 of us crammed into a little venue in the centre of the city and about a million Telecaster-toting guitarists onstage with him. On the first song, somebody sang lead while Burton filled in with chords that sparkled like diamonds. His solo began with some chicken-picking on the low strings followed by a mind-blowing climb to the upper frets where his guitar cried with pedal steel-like bends. By the time the last chorus went round a second time I was in bits. Unfortunately, it went downhill from there. James Burton getting pushed further and further to the back of the stage while young guitar slingers tried to outdo each other. After a half hour I realised James Burton was no longer on the stage. He had literally slipped out the back, jack. I took this as my cue to leave too, and upon exiting the hotel venue ran smack-dab into the hippest, coolest retro shop on the planet. I headed straight for the cowboy shirts and who should I find there but James Burton himself, guitar slung over his shoulder. “Nice shirts,” he says. “Nice playing,” I reply. “Too hot-shot for my taste,” says he. “I know what you mean,” says me. “Now, this shirt,” he says, holding it up, “will look great on my next gig." "With Jeff Beck or Keith Richards or Vince Gill,” I say. “Hard to keep track,” is his reply. “Yes, it is,” I lie. And with that he gives me a card for his music foundation (getting guitars into the hands of kids who want them and maybe can't afford them) and he walks out the door. I watch him cross the square, wait for the Trolley car to pass, then disappear into the crowds on the other side, guitar slung over one shoulder and his new cowboy shirt over the other.


I loved the DIAMOND DAYS Solo Tour. It has exceeded my expectations. A big, big shout-out of thanks to all the individuals and the venues that organised the concerts and to all of you who came out to hear the songs and the stories. I'll hopefully do another UK solo tour in April-May 2025. I’ve already received three suggestions for possible themes for that tour: The Brooks Williams Songbook Tour, The Brooks Williams Americana Tour, and The Brooks Williams American Songbook Tour. I better get to work!


ON THE HORIZON…
UK TOUR WITH VERA VAN HEERINGEN: September-October 2024
USA SOLO TOUR: November 2024
NETHERLANDS SOLO TOUR: November 2024
BROOKS & AARON IN THE UK: January 2025
STATE OF THE UNION TOUR: February 2025
BROOKS & AARON IN THE UK: March 2025
BROOKS & AARON IN THE NETHERLANDS: March 2025
USA SOLO TOUR: April 2025
UK SOLO TOUR: May 2025
BROOKS IN THE USA: July 2025
BROOKS & AARON IN THE UK: September 2025

 


MP3 ATTACHED
This month's free mp3 download is a home demo of Tennessee Stud, a song I've known for a long, long time but never played until now. It came to mind on tour last month every time I played my song Palomino Gold. A song about another horse. If the IT fates allow, there should be a code at the bottom of this email to use to download your mp3.


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