Work My Claim

Brooks Williams

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For his 30th Anniversary Tour, Williams has recorded an album of his favourite songs from his back catalogue. Called Work My Claim, the songs reach across the span of years and are as fully relevant now as they were when they were first released. The recording features some of Brooks’ musician friends including John McCusker (Mark Knopfler, McCusker McGoldrick and Doyle, Heidi Talbot), Christine Collister (Richard Thompson, Daphne’s Flight), Jim Henry (Eliza Gilkyson, Tracy Grammer, The Boxcar Lillies), Ralf Grottian (The Bluescats), Aaron Catlow (Yola Carter, Sheelanagig, Hawes & Catlow) and Phil Richardson (Claypath).

Those who purchase the album at shows can access bonus tracks via a link that is included in the booklet. (If you purchase the album online, e-mail redguitar@rocketmail.com .)

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Reviews:

"Brooks Williams is from Statesboro, Georgia, but now lives in the UK and he takes stock of his 30 years as a touring musician with his latest album Work My Claim. Williams selected 12 songs from his catalogue of 28 CDs and re-recorded them for this album with a talented bunch of musicians, including John McCusker and Christine Collister. There are 9 superb and varied originals, a cover of Dave Alvin's King of California, a tremendous version of the Duke Ellington song I Got It Bad, and a trad-listed song You Don't Know My Mind (which is possibly the song written by Clarence Williams, Virginia Liston and Samuel Gray). There is a lot of blues in his playing along with folk, country and other elements, so 30 years ago , he was playing American before it had been given the name."

- Michael Hingston, Country Music People ("Americana Round-up")

 "Brooks Williams has spent the past 30 years honing his craft and developing a sound which he has made unique by drawing upon and reworking the genres he has grown up with. Work My Claim is so much more than an album; it is a career-defining statement, an important legacy and a lifetime achievement."

- David Scott, American Blues Scene (Read full review & interview)