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).
SUNDAY, AUGUST 4
SING! SING! SING! FESTIVAL
Celebrating the songs of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and more
with MacDougal Street West
3PM Featured Concert in the Amphitheater
and music presentations in the Discovery Gardens
with some favorite Folk Sessions musicians
presented by The Folk Sessions and The Highlands Center
FRIDAY, AUGUST 30
Monica Rizzio, Eric Ramsey,
Fare Thee Wells
The 7th annual Americana Fest features the Washashore Cowgirl, Monica Rizzio, 2time Phoenix Blues Society's Blues Showdown winner Eric Ramsey, and Prescott’s the Fare Thee Wells.
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”.
WED, AUGUST 14
Live Guests: Gail Steiger and Amy Hale, The Fare Thee Wells, Special Guests, Hosted by Tom Agostino
In the tradition of evening entertainment on public radio The Folk Sessions will broadcast from the Elks Crystal Hall – in person, in front of an audience, online, and on the radio!