Where the finest folk and acoustic musicians come to play.
The music of Jack Williams, rooted in his native South Carolina, is shaped by a 51-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 a "musician's musician", an uncommonly unique guitarist, a writer of vivid songs, and a storyteller in an old Southern tradition. Vic Heyman, in SING OUT!, wrote, "He is one of the strongest guitar players in contemporary folk."
In addition to his solo career, as a guitarist he has accompanied such luminaries as Tom Paxton, Peter Yarrow, Mickey Newbury and Harry Nilsson. From acclaimed appearances at the
Newport, Boston, Philadelphia, Kerrville, New Bedford SummerFest Folk Festivals, his musicianship, songs, stories and commanding presence have established him as an uncommonly inspiring and influential performer.
Friendships with two great singers had an enormous impact on Jack's career and on the development of his own singing voice. In 1973, his relationship with the late Harry Nilsson resulted in an album effort at RCA during an ill-fated period of music industry turmoil. Until 2002, he sometimes toured as sole accompanist to his friend, the late Mickey Newbury, with whom he co-wrote, co-produced, and recorded a live album and video, Nights When I Am Sane (reissued as Winter Winds).
FRIDAY, MARCH 13
“like nothing we’ve ever heard before.” USA TODAY
The International duo, Acoustic Eidolon is a tour-de-force of acoustic music, described as “World Music for the Soul.” Featuring Joe Scott on double neck “guitjo” and Hannah Alkire on cello, they return to Prescott for a concert at the intimate Elks Crystal Hall.
SAT, APRIL 25
A Mark Stuart performance will feature a rare segment of paying homage to some of the notable artists he has toured and recorded with in his earlier career as a sideman guitarist - Freddy Fender, Steve Earle, Joan Baez, Steve Forbert, and wife Stacey Earle. Along with anecdotes and tribute songs done in his own style Stuart will dazzle with his in-demand guitar playing and self-written tunes from his various albums.
FRI, MAY 29
MacDougal Street West
Elicits memories of exciting times past and hopes for brighter days ahead." MacDougal Street West, a Peter, Paul and Mary Experience, perform "under the stars" at the Highlands Center Amphitheater. Quickly becoming one of Arizona's favorite groups, Ron Skelton, Mary Alberts, Rick Shore and Bill Rice bring the the sounds of the Greenwich Village of the early 1960's, and the now legendary folk singers and songwriters of that era, to Arizona audiences.
SUN FEBRUARY 23
17th Annniversary Celebration -
Featuring JC & Laney, Ramsey Roberson
Tom & Christa Agostino and Meg Bohrman
An afternoon of music, food, wine and an outrageous music auction!
SAT, JUNE 13
for the Arts
The Senators and Eric Ramsey
“a timeless sound that pays respect to the rich tradition of roots music.” FLAGSTAFF LIVE
Phoenix-based folk band, The Senators have showcased in major US markets, opened for national acts, are licensed for overhead play in all Starbucks locations and have been featured on Billboards Next Big Sound charts. They recently released three tracks, the Promised Land EP, produced by Simone Felice. Eric Ramsey is the two-time champion of the Phoenix Blues Society's Blues Showdown and was the semi-finalist at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.