Brooks Williams hails from Statesboro, Georgia and has spent the past 23 years travelling between the US and the UK, stopping off at all the places in between, mixing blues, jazz and Americana with his excellent guitar playing. Baby O! is his 17th album and for the first time Williams chose to record it in the UK, where he now lives for part of the year.
The album opens with the upbeat “Frank Delandry” about the lonely death of a forgotten New Orleans guitarist and proceeds to meander, like any good album should, through songs about tragedy, love and adversity. There’s even a traditional instrumental arrangement of “Amazing Grace” thrown into the middle of the mix.
The inspiration for the album comes not only from Williams’ travelling but also from the travelling of the songs, both through time and back and forth across the Atlantic. There are original compositions mixed in with classic blues tracks like Mississippi John Hurt’s excellent “Louis Collins”.
Like Williams himself, the album does move around quite a lot, mixing genres and moods. The overall effect is a little jumbled and some of the tracks are much stronger than others, but it’s an enjoyable album that needs to be listened to and enjoyed.
Release Date: April 5.
Brooks Williams will be touring throughout the UK from April 16. Details in the gig guide.