Thursday 22 February 2024

IN THE ROOTS OF MUSIC

Newsletter SIGNUP

spiral earth
Thursday 22 February 2024

Share This:

Brooks Williams to Release First Solo Recording in Four Years

Jan 24, 2024

Cambridge UK-based, Statesboro, Georgia US-born guitarist, singer and songwriter Brooks Williams is admired by both listeners and fellow musicians, and has been a leading light on the acoustic music scene for three decades.  His guitar skills are evident as he effortlessly slides in and out of folk, blues and country. It comes as no surprise he is listed in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists.

He wraps that guitar playing around songs with rich narratives about gold prospectors, guitar players, motorcycle riders, golden palominos and ne’er-do-wells, and sings them with a voice you ‘melt into.’

Born in Statesboro, Georgia USA, Williams moved to Boston at the height of that city’s burgeoning singer-songwriter scene. In the early 1990s, he did his apprenticeship in the bars and clubs in New York and New England and cut his teeth supporting artists like Shawn Colvin, Chris Smither, Rory Block, Leo Kottke, Odetta, Billy Bragg and Taj Mahal.

His first album, North From Statesboro, caught the attention of The Washington Post and National Public Radio, which set the ball rolling and Williams never looked back. People took notice and acoustic music radio played him from the very beginning, including WUMB-FM in Boston, where Williams is one of their Top 100 Artists Of All-Time.

In subsequent years he has released a staggering 31 recordings in 32 years for labels like Green Linnet Records, Solid Air Records, Signature Sounds and Reveal, so this new release, his first solo recording in four years is an exciting tip of the Brooks Williams iceberg.

Recorded at Red Kite Studio in Wales with both Martin Levan (Andrew Lloyd Webber and John Martyn) and Mark Freegard (The Breeders and Del Amitri), Williams chose to record this one without a net. Simply one singer and one guitar.  DIAMOND DAYS is a love-song to his guitar, and to the songs and stories that fuel the rich tapestry of the singing life to which he has been devoted for over three decades.

Never one to shy away from the road, the list of venues and festivals Brooks Williams has played is staggering. Newport, Winnipeg, Cropredy, Cambridge, Philadelphia, are but a few of many.

The songs are rich narratives including Palomino Gold (a story passed down the generations), Gone And Done It Now (a post-Civil War vignette), London Road (an ear-worm of a chorus) and Bob Dylan’s Nettie Moore played below with a bottleneck slide.

 

With one foot firmly planted in the land of his birth, Statesboro, Georgia, and the other in the land of his adopted home, Cambridge, UK, Brooks Williams is, as Martin Simpson says, “the real thing.” His guitar style is called “jaw-droppingly effortless,” his voice is “like chocolate” and his vast and varied repertoire of both original and interpreted songs as “wholly idiomatic and authentic.” Brooks Williams is a triple-threat in the truest sense.

Since his earliest days playing the bars and clubs in New York and New England, to his more recent critically acclaimed concerts with Aaron Catlow or State of the Union across the UK, audiences are drawn to Williams’ restless drive to light the creative spark.

For the latest news and tour dates, please visit:  brookswilliams.com

uk festival directory