Sally Barker & Brooks Williams
An exciting new collaboration for 2017 two wonderfully charismatic guitarists and singer-songwriters, SALLY BARKER and BROOKS WILLIAMS.
Sally has had a fantastic career spanning over 30 years, fronting all-female supergroup THE POOZIES, collaborating with many bands and musicians including FAIRPORT CONVENTION, FOTHERINGAY supporting BOB DYLAN and ROBERT PLANT and heaps and heaps of great people (too many to mention). More recently she appeared on THE VOICE mentored by TOM JONES and made him cry (and the audience!) several times. She's been called a singer's singer and has loads of soul. September 2015 saw the release of Sally’s next recording, the 6-track LOVE RAT ep. This CD contains 4 new songs plus live versions of ‘Voice’ favourites ‘Walk On By’ and ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’.
Brooks Williams is a fantisically talented guitarist and beautifully charismatic performer. He stands on tradition but he doesn’t stand still. His influences fly so fast and furious they blur. Like drinking whiskey from a honey jar, you get both the sweet and the bite. He's universally loved across the globe.
He not only tours like a hellhound’s on his trail, and creates a super-charged music that is electrifying and fighting-fit. Brooks was born in Statesboro, Georgia (the town made famous by country-blues legend Blind Willie McTell), is a great singer. In 2013 he was nominated ‘best male vocalist’ by the UK’s foremost roots-music mavens, Spiral Earth. AmericanaUK says, “he has a beautiful voice that you just melt into.”
And he’s one helluva good guitar player, ranked in the 'Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists'. The San Antonio Light says that Williams is a “fret monster who has to be seen to be believed!”. Brooks writes songs that are a collision of roots and evolution. Rocking. Economical. Ironic. The arrangements are tight, and yet the performances are rich in blues pathos. Words like timeless, astute, archetypal just about cover it.
Walking the line between blues and Americana, Brooks Williams has worked stages worldwide for over 25 years, amassing a staggering back-catalogue of songs, recordings and tales. With nearly 23 CDs to his name, fRoots says Williams’ music “Americana at its finest!”.