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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).

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Upcoming Concerts

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FRIDAY, JULY 27

HIGHLANDS CENTER

7PM, $15

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"UNDER THE STARS”

JC & LANEY, JIM PIPKIN, KAREN DEZELLE

GRAMMY Amplifier finalists, JC & Laney are an Americana duo who perform their own brand of original music. Jim Pipkin’s songs about American experiences travel the back roads from Tornado Alley to Music Row. Karen Dezelle is a singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles.   MORE INFO

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FRIDAY, AUG 17

HIGHLANDS CENTER

7PM, $20

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AMERICANA FEST 6

ERIC RAMSEY, THREE-LEGGED DOG,

CORN SMUT, FARE THEE WELLS

The 6th annual Americana Fest features some of Arizona’s finest artists.

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SUNDAY, SEPT 9

HIGHLANDS CENTER

1-5 PM, $20

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SUNDAY, AUG 12,

HIGHLANDS CENTER

1-5 PM, $20

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WOODY IN THE WOODS FEST

A Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Woody Guthrie’s Columbia River Songs.

Brad Newman, Dave Baumann and Barbara Heber, The Robertson Sisters, The Columbia River Ramblers and Tom and Christa Agostino      

Presented with The Highlands Center for Natural History

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SATURDAY, SEPT 15

ELKS THEATER

7PM, $25-40

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RED MOLLY

“Tick-tight arrangements, crystalline vocals and caramel harmonies” THE BOSTON GLOBE

Americana powerhouse vocal trio Red Molly is known for their gorgeous harmonies, crisp musicianship, infectious songwriting, and warm, engaging stage presence.  MORE INFO

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