Hello! It’s time for another in the ITZALL Goode Music Series hosted by ERIC SCOTT! This month singer-songwriter JACK WILLIAMS (folk, blues). Arlington native Derek Envry (alt/pop, rock) will start off the show.
Show at 8pm. 49 West St. – Annapolis, MD.
Admission $10.00 (to the artists)
Call 410-626-9796 to reserve your seat or just show up!
All are welcome!
The music of Jack Williams, rooted in his native South Carolina, was shaped by a 54-year career of playing folk, rock, jazz, R&B, classical and the popular music of the 30s, 40s and 50s. He is counted among the most dynamic performers on today’s “folk” circuit – “…one of the most enlightened and entertaining performers I’ve ever encountered”, said Dave Humphreys of Two-Way Street Coffeehouse in Downer’s Grove, IL. Jack is considered a “musician’s musician”, an uncommonly unique guitarist, a writer of vivid songs with a strong sense of place, and a storyteller in an old Southern tradition who further illustrates each tale with his guitar.
His songs have been recorded by artists ranging from Tom Jones and David Clayton-Thomas to Chuck Pyle, Cindy Mangsen, Ronny Cox and Lowen & Navarro. In addition to his solo career, as a guitarist he has accompanied such luminaries as Tom Paxton, Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary), Mickey Newbury and Harry Nilsson.
Kevin Oliver of NO DEPRESSION magazine described Jack’s music as “…a musical style that’s equal parts folk storytelling and Tin Pan Alley songcraft, delivered with the impassioned soul of an old blues singer.”
From 1958 through 1988, along with playing jazz (trumpet) and classical guitar, Jack was best known as an electric guitarist in a series of original rock bands and smaller acoustic ensembles. In the late 60’s, he gave in to his troubadour nature and began performing solo – singing and playing a gut-string guitar and touring from coast to coast.
Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary) called Jack “…the best guitar player I’ve ever heard…”
As a hired-gun guitarist in the Deep South of the Civil Rights-Easy Rider 60’s, Jack’s bands accompanied the likes of John Lee Hooker, Big Joe Turner, Jerry Butler, Hank Ballard, the Shirelles, and the Del-Vikings. Jack Williams’ music, enriched from these varied influences, is a truly an All-American Southern music.
Derek Evry is an alt/pop rock songwriter from Arlington, Virginia. Derek has been writing and performing his original music since 1999. His latest EP “Down To The Wire” out now (Available on iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/down-to-the-wire-ep/id888449761 Check it out!)
Derek’s music has been featured on the ABC Crime Drama “Castle”, and his singles “Donor Body Parts”, “We’re Not”, “Wait For You”, “When We Get Home”, & his holiday song “Hey! Ho! Let It Snow!” have been in regular rotation on DC101 (101.1 FM D.C.).
“Derek Evry’s album, “Here’s to Better Misery,” is full of the kind of energy that only rock-and-roll can provide. The record begins with high intensity and doesn’t let up: no ballads, no fabricated production techniques that might slow the vibe. It’s all guitars, bass and drums… The album is a great rock-and-roll romp. But maybe even more impressive is the real and organic feeling of the collection. It seems that Evry didn’t overthink anything, instead going with what he felt at the moment. And that was good-old fashioned loud rock-and-roll.” – Album review: “Here’s to Better Misery” by Moira E. McLaughlin, Washington Post, September 7, 2012
“Not so much an earworm as a mind blower, ponderous visions of heartache, heartbreak and the angst-ridden emotional spaces therein dominate [Derek Evry’s] latest album… Fans of Weezer will enjoy Evry’s Rivers Cuomo-esque vocal over a lush bed of churning and steady alt-pop tinged guitars and drums, proof that great music is a timeless sound.” Album review: “Here’s to Better Misery” by Marcus Dowling, OnTap Magazine, September 1, 2012