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Brooks Williams

Folk-blues guitarist and singer Brooks Williams is as adept playing traditional blues as he is singing his own contemporary folk songs. His voice has been endlessly compared to James Taylor's and yet his unique renderings of self-penned and blues classics on guitar make him an original.

Based in western Massachusetts for most of the 1990s, Williams was born in Statesboro, GA and lived in other small towns in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi while growing up. In his youth, he heard a lot of gospel and roadhouse blues, but after he discovered rock & roll, he forgot about blues until one day in 1987, when he opened for blues/folk diva Rory Block at a club in upstate New York. Block inspired Williams to rediscover the acoustic blues he knew in his youth, and he began teaching himself songs by Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and Little Walter Jacobs.

Williams began to draw more of his performing persona from classic blues, and while working the folk circuit, opening up for crafty songwriters like Cheryl Wheeler, Bill Morrissey, and John Hiatt, he also began to develop his own skills as a songwriter. Since then, Williams' live shows have become an artful mix of classic acoustic blues, original blues songs, and self-penned contemporary folk songs. His development as a songwriter has been speedy, and he's got a slew of albums to prove it -- Hundred Year Old Shadow (1999), Seven Sisters (1997), Knife Edge (1996), Inland Sailor (1994), Back to Mercy (1992), all for the Green Linnet Redbird label -- as well as 1991's How the Night-Time Sings, 1990s North from Statesboro, and 1989's Red Guitar Plays Blue on his own Red Guitar Blue Music label. After this incredible hot streak of original albums, Williams decided to step back and attempt a straight guitar album, leading to 2000's Little Lion. Showcasing his impressive technical skill, that record was his apex as a virtuoso, as he began to cut back on his complicated guitar licks and work on his flexibility as a songwriter. The Dead Sea Cafe compilation came out soon after, acting as a proper introduction to those who might not have access to his earlier work. His next two records, 2001's Skiffle- Bop and 2003's Nectar, were folk-pop albums that freely incorporated elements from other genres and played off of Williams' strengths as a songwriter. ~ Richard Skelly, Rovi
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Reminds me a little of Stephen Stills
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A joy to take in...wish I could experience this live. Brooks, please come back to Atlanta GA area!!!
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Spirit Open@Blues.
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Extremely beautiful
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jamie2893
Br00ks Was Here
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Sounds too much like the other artists... Windham Hill?????
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I think Brooks is the best; before he moved to England I would see at least ten of his shows each year. I can pick his style out of any crowded lineup anytime!
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cgs56
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started so don't stop. This is so scary put this on a least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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oneprubaby
I remember first seeing Brooks play at the college I went to in 91-92, bought two tapes on the spot, (that's how old the show was) . Venue was the school's cafeteria area, he simply tore the roof off the place all by himself. I was so amazed at his effortless ability that to this day he still is one of my favorite players to listen to and one of my first recommendati o n s to people who are interested in great guitar musicians.
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chopper681
sweet
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Wow! Thanks for practicing! Excellent
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Like a slice of apple pie on a summers evening...ni c e
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Wonderful!!! ! ! ! Takes my spirit and lifts it miles up!!
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Wow.
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Write any books for student's?
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ssteub
Makes me smile :)
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Mark had a unique style, He played back in the seventies around D,C, and Shepherdstow n . I often wondered what ever happened to him.
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He sounds like Mark Smith
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Sounds more like keller williams in tha voice
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NICE SMOOOOTH I HAVE A NEW FAV !
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thought I heard a bit of Pat Metheny in the sound. (tone not style) very nice!
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Taylor has nothing on this guy.
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clickjohn0
don't quit and get a day job.... just keep pickin. sure is nice grinnin music. cheers, shawn a von orlebeck
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I have tiny tiny balls! :(
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Very slick stuff. He is quite good.
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dr.joe.mitch e l l
I just heard Brooks Williams' Frenzy at the Feeder on Little Lion and am completely blown away. What a wonderful piece.
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babooo53
just hearing him for the first time..want more!
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Brooks makes it look easy and sound so good.
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carol.j.rous s e a u
I always can tell when a Brooks song come one. Think this is my favorite channel.
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Amazing slide blues. What a phenomenal talent!!!
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joyful, happy, guitar, I love it!
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I adore this tune. I adore how Brooks does it.
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dewie
To think Brooks was born in Statesboro, 50-some miles from my home of Savannah!! I really love his sound, and have admired it for several years now, hearing him first on Pandora, which is a great radio website!
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Opening for Cheryl Wheeler...no w that's backwards. I like Cheryl, and have heard her 4 or 5 times. She's a very good folk artist. Brooks Williams must have come a long way since the commentary was written, however. He's excellent, to say the least (and a completely different genre...comp a r i n g apples to peaches). Shoot, they are both good in their own radically different ways.(listen i n g to Brooks play acoustic guitar only)
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I still find it amazing how many axe-players Chet influenced. Williams has a very nice touch.
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I have been hearing Brooks since the mid-90's and loved his stuff. I had always thought of him as a singer-songw r i t e r , but I started an acoustic guitar station here and several of his instrumental tunes come up. They are wonderful. He and Bruce Cockburn should tour/record together, I have kind of categorized them together that way, fantastic singer/songw r i t e r s who play guitar very skillfully and compose great melodic instrumental s .
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man, that was some good stuff!
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bob_fullilov e
"Discovering " artists such as Brooks Williams (and some other amazing guitarists, like Tommy Emmanuel and Don Ross) is what Pandora is all about!
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I heard Brooks Williams live in Northampton on several occasions, over far too many years. Each time I am more impressed then the last. He is a MUST see if you ever get the chance. Nice man too!
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SURE LIKE BROOKS WILLIAMS,HE HAS A GREAT VOICE AND A NICE STYLE,VERY NICE TO HEAR HIM SING..NEVER HEARD HIM BEFORE...FLE W VERY LOW OVER "MERCEY" ONE DAY BUT IT WAS ONLY A FAST BLURR..HE IS A GOOD SINGER THAT IS FOR SURE...
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wow great talent that I had never heard of till now. Thanks Pandora
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What I like most about Pandora is discovering artists like Brooks Williams who I might otherwise not have known about. One cut and I'm convinced.
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very active and decidedly looking up with a good eye and ear on things
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Very very clean work. I'm an acoustic guitarist of 37 years myself. This guy is nice.
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I'll bet I've flaged this performer a 100 times His style is unique greater than fundemental. relax he hit no nerves that sometimes you hear with many preformers,
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A real master yeah!
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I have seen Brooks in concert many times and he is amazing both in his personality and his musicianship . I have not been disappointed with any of his albums. If you like folk/acousti c music he is a must listen.
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a MASTER GUITARIST a must on any ones' play list Better than good listening music....BRA V O !

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