Acoustic blues singer/songwriter Brooks Williams, a 6 On The Square favorite, returns to the Oxford listening room for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6.
Williams was born in Statesboro, Georgia (the town made famous by the classic song “Statesboro Blues”) and did his apprenticeship in the small bars and coffeehouses of New York City and Boston, following in the footsteps of Chris Smither, Rory Block, Shawn Colvin, Maria Muldaur, David Bromberg and Leo Kottke.
Williams performs hundreds of solo and band shows throughout Europe, North America and the UK each year and regularly collaborates with Hans Theessink, Guy Davis, Sally Barker, Boo Hewerdine, Paul Jones, Rab Noakes and others.
Regularly ranked in the Top 100 acoustic guitarists, he is a finger-picker and a slide guitarist who also has been nominated for Best Male Vocalist by U.K. roots music publications Spiral Earth.
Williams has played major stages such as The Birchmere in Virginia, The Guthrie Center in Massachusetts, The Tolbooth in Scotland, The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall in England, Meneer Frits in The Netherlands, Harvest Blues in Ireland, The Avalon Theater in Maryland, JazzLand in Austria, The Stables in England and Blues Au Chateau in France.
He also has played the Fairport Cropredy Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, Costa del Folk, Shrewsbury Festival, Celtic Connections and the Glastonbury Festival.
Williams has recorded for Signature Sounds, Green Linnet Records, Reveal Records and Solid Air Records, as well as his own Red Guitar Blue Music, and he has worked with roots music producers like Colin Linden (Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Bruce Cockburn) in Toronto and Phil Madeira (Buddy and Julie Miller, Emmylou Harris) in Nashville.
His 28th solo recording, “Lucky Star,” was released in 2018, featuring originals like “Gambling Man”, “Jump that Train” and “Bright Side of the Blues” as well as covers such as “Rock Me” (Sister Rosetta Tharpe) and “Going to New Orleans” (Walter Hyatt).
His instructional guitar workshops frequently sell out, and his teaching is in demand at music camps and colleges around the world.
His music has featured on the BBC, RTE, CBC, NPR and SiriusXM, and he’s charted on the FOLK-DJ chart, EuroAmericana chart and Blues Lists around the world. WUMB-FM in Boston voted him one of their Top 100 Artists.
Tickets for the April 6 show are $18 in advance or $22 at the door.