“How soulful a solo guitarist can be when he has talent, taste and astonishing technique.” (Blues Revue)
“Harmonically sophisticated and breathtakingly beautiful…” (Guitar Player)
Blues Americana guitarist singer and songwriter Brooks Williams delivers the deepest and most intense interpretations of everything from early blues songs to his recent original compositions on Baby O!, his 17th CD.
A 23-year veteran of the road, this is Williams’ first CD recorded in the UK, as he is living the trans-Atlantic life between Cambridge (UK) and Greenfield, MA.
On Baby O! Williams sings about a forgotten New Orleans guitarist, a Mississippi tragedy, the ache of long-distance love, staying true in the face of adversity, and not giving up on love. Williams’ voice floats over foot-stomping grooves and rollicking guitar riffs supported by a rootsy combo of bass, steel, and harmonica. Engineered by UK wunderkind Andy Bell, Baby O! is Williams’ most immediate and compelling roots record to date. It includes his take on the haunting Son House masterpiece "Grinnin' In Your Face" which Jack White plays from an old 78 in the recent guitar summit film with Jimmy Page and The Edge, "It Might Get Loud."
Williams, a Statesboro Georgia native, notes that the music that traveled across the ocean from the US to the UK on scratchy records and static-laden radio signals in the 1950s and early 1960s, then traveled back across to the US via records, singers and guitarists from the UK in the late 1960s and 1970s, continues its journey back and forth in the on-going singing of a timeless song on Baby O!
Catch Williams in a rare New England appearance before he launches the CD overseas, including England, Ireland, Africa and Italy. Brooks Williams plus Lisa Bigwood at the Iron Horse on Sunday, March 7th at 7PM. Tickets here.