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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).

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 4

Highlands Center

1-5 PM

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SING! SING! SING! FESTIVAL

Celebrating the songs of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and more

3PM Featured Concert in the Amphitheater

and music presentations in the Ramad

with some favorite Folk Sessions musicians

presented by The Folk Sessions and The Highlands Center

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 30

Highlands Center

7:00 PM

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AMERICANA FEST 7

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.

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FRIDAY, SEPT 27

Elks Ballroom

7:00 PM

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Emily Scott Robinson

“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”.

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