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Brooks Williams & Aaron Catlow return with stunning new Recording

Jun 21, 2024

Two years on from their debut tour, Brooks Williams and Aaron Catlow return with their stunning new recording, Greens And Blues.

With the addition of double bassist Jon Short (John Martyn Project), the deep musicality and spontaneous interplay of these three musicians creates a sound that not only tugs at the heart-strings, but also gets you up on your feet. Throughout it all, the interplay between Williams ’guitar, Catlow’s fiddle and Short’s double-bass is out-of-this-world. Sometimes folky. Sometimes bluesy. Then taking a jazzy turn before going full-on grit-and-swagger Americana.

The songs on Greens And Blues, include a few Williams/Catlow collaborations, like “Anniesland,” a tribute to the late-great Rab Noakes. There’s a mini-farm theme with Gillian Welch’s “Red Clay Halo” and Molly Tuttle’s “Dooley’s Farm.” Sierra Ferrell’s heartfelt waltz, “The Bells of Every Chapel,” gets a wonderful outing with Catlow’s fiddle literally ringing the changes. Lastly, Shirley Collins’ “Sweet Greens And Blues” gets a
poignant reading as Williams’ shimmering chords dance around Short’s sinuous double bass lines.

With three recordings and a robust touring schedule, the two have literally been wowing audiences at venues and festivals since their first shows in 2021. They met earlier while on tour in The Netherlands and have created a sound that is one part blues, one part jazz, one part Americana, and one part bluegrass. There is literally no one else on the scene playing this kind of music. They are a one-off. After virtually every gig they get asked to return for a future engagement.

Greens And Blues captures the spontaneity fans of the Williams/Catlow sound have come to love. It’s free and rooted all at once. When they need to be, their arrangements are measured and stately. However, in the blink of an eye they can turn the arrangement on its head with nimble guitar picking, fiddle double-bowing and even Aaron’s whistling.

Aaron Catlow is half of the Bristol-based duo Hawes And Catlow and he is also the fiddler in UK festival favourite Sheelanagig. Jon Short is a veteran of the UK music scene and is the bass player in both The John Martyn Project and Sheelanagig. Cambridge UK-based, Georgia US-born, Brooks Williams has a long-standing solo career in both North America and the UK, as well as recording and performing with a host of musicians like Vera van Heeringen and Boo Hewerdine.

Brooks Williams: acoustic guitar and vocal
Aaron Catlow: fiddle, backing vocal and whistling
Jon Short: double bass

The album was recorded (on 24-26 July 2023) and mixed by Josh Clark at Get Real Audio.

Mastered by Nick Cooke.

All songs arranged by Brooks Williams & Aaron Catlow.

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