Where the finest folk and acoustic musicians come to play.
The music of Jack Williams, rooted in his native South Carolina, is shaped by a 51-year career of playing folk, rock, jazz, R&B, classical and the popular music of the 30s, 40s and 50s. He is counted among the most dynamic performers on today's "folk" circuit -
"...one of the most enlightened and entertaining performers I've ever encountered", said Dave Humphreys of Two-Way Street Coffeehouse in Downer's Grove, IL. Jack is a "musician's musician", an uncommonly unique guitarist, a writer of vivid songs, and a storyteller in an old Southern tradition. Vic Heyman, in SING OUT!, wrote, "He is one of the strongest guitar players in contemporary folk."
In addition to his solo career, as a guitarist he has accompanied such luminaries as Tom Paxton, Peter Yarrow, Mickey Newbury and Harry Nilsson. From acclaimed appearances at the
Newport, Boston, Philadelphia, Kerrville, New Bedford SummerFest Folk Festivals, his musicianship, songs, stories and commanding presence have established him as an uncommonly inspiring and influential performer.
Friendships with two great singers had an enormous impact on Jack's career and on the development of his own singing voice. In 1973, his relationship with the late Harry Nilsson resulted in an album effort at RCA during an ill-fated period of music industry turmoil. Until 2002, he sometimes toured as sole accompanist to his friend, the late Mickey Newbury, with whom he co-wrote, co-produced, and recorded a live album and video, Nights When I Am Sane (reissued as Winter Winds).
FRIDAY, SEPT 27
“Country-folk songs about America in all its pain and glory.” ROLLING STONE
The intimate setting of the Elks 3rd floor ballroom is the setting for North Carolina native Emily Scott Robinson, one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country and Americana Artists to Watch in 2019”.
SUN. OCTOBER 20
*2019 GRAMMY Nominee
Maria Muldaur is a Grammy nominated American folk, roots and blues singer. In 1973, her first solo album included the mega hit “Midnight at the Oasis” which charted at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and is one of the most memorable songs of the 1970’s.
THURSDAY, NOV 7
The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys fully embrace the retro sound of the 1950s. For old school bluegrass fans of Flatt & Scruggs, The Stanley Brothers, and Bill Monroe who believe albums without banjo might as well be thrown out the window.