Brooks Williams is really the proverbial triple threat: a fiery guitarist, a smooth-as-silk vocalist, and a stunning songwriter. He has been ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, and was nominated best male vocalist by the UK folk roots website Spiral Earth in 2014. He plays a Golden Link concert as part of his spring U.S. tour on Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 pm at the Rochester Christian Reformed Church in Penfield.
Originally from Statesboro, Georgia, Brooks spent many years in New England (which is where I first saw him), before moving to England. His music is hard to categorize. It’s primarily blues and Americana, but there’s a bit of jazz and rockabilly thrown in for good measure. And he writes amazing songs, so he can also be considered a singer-songwriter. As his press bio says, imagine Doc Watson, Willie Nelson, Lonnie Johnson, and Blind Boy Fuller sitting in a bar having a jam, and you’re almost there.
His brand new CD, My Turn Now, offers up original songs that tell the tale of a doomed love affair, a motorcycle racer who’s fed up with losing, and Evil Knievel’s fateful jump over the fountains of Caesar’s Palace. Here he is singing the title track from the CD:
While in town, Brooks will also give an Americana Guitar Workshop on Sunday, April 10 at 1 pm at Stutzman’s, in collaboration with the Rochester Guitar Club and Stutzman’s Guitar Center. You will learn the rhythms and riffs of Americana guitar music, taught through new and classic songs with lyrics, chord diagrams, and tab. Today is the last day to register for the workshop, which you can do by clicking here.
Keep on singing!
– Janice Hanson
Janice Hanson is Concert Chair of the Golden Link Folk Singing Society, which was founded in 1971 to present, promote, and preserve folk music in the Rochester area.