Music > North from Statesboro (1990)
1. Faces of Light
2. Frenzy at the Feeder
3. Acquainted with the Night (lyrics based on a poem by Robert Frost)
4. Good Man Down
5. Postcard from the Gulfside
6. On the Rollin' Sea (trad., arranged by Brooks Williams)
7. Big Blue Wonder
9. Promises/What The Builder Left Behind
11. We Will Dance Someday
12. Over the Hill (John Martyn, arranged by Brooks Williams)
14. Bush Pilot
16. Blues to Stay
BW: acoustic 6 & 12 string guitar and vocal
Recorded Direct-To-Two-Track Digital in Autumn 1989 by Bruce Seifried at Loudville Studio, Loudville, Massachusetts. Bonus tracks recorded from 1987-1988 in Northampton, MA.
All songs written by Brooks Williams except where noted.
Cover Photo: Cole Horn
Design: Charlie Hunter
"The next big folk figure from New England could well be Brooks Williams, who displays expert guitar technique (in the Bert Jansch "baroque-folk" vein), an expansive voice and appealing folk melodies on his debut album, "North from Statesboro" (Red Guitar Blue Music). There's a hint of the early, pre-celebrity Jimmy Buffett in Williams' vivid portraits of his native Southeast, and the young guitarist incorporates blues and calypso touches into his snogs with excellent taste and finesse."
- Geoffrey Himes, Washington Post, 22 April 1990
"North from Statesboro grabs my attention for Brooks Williams' outstanding acoustic folk guitar playing. His sweet tenor is nice; there's an edge, and his phrasing is right on the money. Something tells me that, in time, there will come the nooks and crannies that listeners so love to aurally curl up in . His guitar is another story altogether - extremely and readily versatile. Williams' style ranges from plucky blues gospel ("On the Rolling Sea") to stinging slide ("Jericho"), through virtuosity -laden ("Frenzy at the Feeder"). The instrumental, "Promises/What The Builder Left Behind" can be absorbed the way a Windham Hill release is - by contemplative osmosis. I can't wait 'til the "fine wine-syndrome" hits Brooks Williams' voice. As for his guitar playing, suffice it to say, it's already aged to perfection."
- Ellen Geisel, Clifton Park, NY; Dirty Linen, Issue #28, Spring 1990
"Singer-songwriter Brooks Williams slips in some flashy slide work himself on his debut CD, North from Statesboro, on the Red Guitar Blue Music label. The Northampton, Massachusetts-based acoustic guitarist has been heavily influenced by British folk rockers John Martyn and John Renbourn as well as Canadian Bruce Cockburn. His songs feature carefully crafted and intelligent lyrics and catchy melodies that are a meld of folk, jazz and blues. In recent years Williams has expanded his musicial vision by delving into Mississippi Delta blues styles. It's paid off by giving his music an added sparkle. In "Jericho" he reserves the slide licks for the opening, closing and a short middle section of the piece, and in "Blues to Stay" he gives the slide a more prominent role by having the riffs shadow his vocals. Williams experiments with open tuning and slide stylings in his live shows, but only lets loose on the two cuts here. Williams is so competent with a slide that I would have liked to hear more of it on this recording."
- Acoustic Guitar Magazine, November/December 1990