Brooks Williams 'Baby O Red Guitar' Blue Music

Looking not unlike a close relative of John Hiatt Williams shares a sense of raw blues with the former, though his musical palate is less wide ranging. The American singer/songwriter/guitarist recorded this, his 17th, self-produced album in England last year. Williams also has a strong warm voice that matches his skill as an acoustic guitar player on a variety of guitars including resonator and slide. He is accompanied by some accomplished local players including PJ Wright on dobro, electric slide and pedal steel guitars. The songs include some outside material from Son House's bluesy Grinnin' In Your Face to Mississippi John Hurt's Louis Collins to a striking instrumental slide version of the traditional Amazing Grace. Another instrumental, a more in gentle tone with some atmospheric pedal steel is Devil's Punchbowl. His own songs cover aspects of the human condition and fit the overall blues template as with the explanatory Walk You Off My Mind and Last Chance Love. Brooks Williams will appeal to acoustic blues fans and to Americana fans with this well played and produced collection of above average music from someone who understand the form well.