Destination Blues Listening Room with Brooks Williams

Live Music

October 30, 2019

The Exchange


At the crossroads of Blues and American roots music you’ll find Brooks Williams. “Setting new standards and a fresh direction for the Blues,” says Blues In Britain, and creating a “beautiful fusion” (Keys And Chords). Just when you think he can’t sing a Blues-ier note, he sings it. Just when you think he can’t strum a deeper groove, he strums it. Brooks 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 and Boston, following in the footsteps of Chris Smither, Rory Block, Shawn Colvin, Maria Muldaur, David Bromberg and Leo Kottke, all whom he gigged with from time-to-time when he was starting out. The result of those early years is an unflagging career that goes from strength to strength.

“Lucky Star,” Williams’ 28th solo recording, is already turning heads and making itself known on playlists throughout the world. The Second Line groove that runs throughout every track would make the late Allen Toussaint proud. Williams performs hundreds of solo and band shows throughout Europe, North America and the UK each year and regularly collaborates with an impressive list of fellow musicians, including Hans Theessink, Guy Davis, Sally Barker, Boo Hewerdine, Paul Jones, and Rab Noakes.

As part of its mission to bring the arts to all communities throughout our region, The Exchange hosts the Blues Listening Room in its storefront art gallery at 24 East Main Street in Bloomsburg on the last Wednesday of every month, from 7 to 9 p.m., as regional Blues and Americana musicians perform in our intimate space. We feature a range of acts – solo artists and small bands, acoustic and electric – in an atmosphere conducive to enjoying and experiencing the music: just a few dozen concertgoers, the musician(s), and the music. $5 donation at the door, BYOB permitted. Doors open at 6:30, music runs from 7:00 to 9:00.





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