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).
ALL OUR EXES LIVE IN TEXAS
“An irresistible folk-pop hybrid.” THE AUSTRALIAN
A fantasy draft of Sydney’s finest singer-songwriters combining in four-part, indie-folk harmony heaven. On mandolin, ukulele, accordion and guitar, the Exes are a powerhouse of charm and songwriting prowess. Fair warning: this foursome is the most badass female folk band around. MORE INFO
SATURDAY, JUNE 2
7PM, $25 -30
FRIDAY, JULY 27
SUNDAY, AUG 5,
"UNDER THE STARS”
JC AND 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
B - FEATURING JOE D'ESPOSITO
“GHOSTS UNDERNEATH MY SKIN” ALBUM RELEASE TOUR
17year-old B is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist committed to making change through music. “It’s mind blowing to watch, spiritually elevating to play along with, and damn exciting to see what this incredible human has in store for us all.” Langhorne Slim MORE INFO
FRIDAY, AUG 17
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.
SATURDAY, SEPT 15
“Tick-tight arrangements, crystalline vocals and caramel harmonies” THE BOSTON GLOBE