THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS were molded in the streets of Oakland, California during the seventies listening to their parents vast blues collection, the funk of the ghetto, and the psychedelic music that blossomed in and around their home. Inevitably the brothers followed their families lineage of song and dance men, and started putting together their first groups in the early 80's. Skilled in many instruments the brothers are very inventive and their shows have been known to become 6+ hour marathons
THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS moved to western Colorado in 2000 where they are considered the anchor of the western Colorado music scene. Over the past 17 years the brothers have helped start several music venues, put together some of the earliest jam band festivals, and have tirelessly promoted the genre. THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS BAND has a weekly half hour radio segmant dedicated to them during the local scene show on KMSA 91.3 fm in Grand Junction, Co. & were recently voted one of the top ten bands to see in Colorado by "Emmitts Tops in America" website. A WILLIAMS BROTHERS show features intertwining songs and extended improv induced jams fueled by any and all audatory stimulus to have ever sounded, there is no genre or barrier that is considered unusuable, it is true old school original jam music. JAMES WILLIAMS sings with the grit of JIM MORRISON the soul of OTIS REDDING and the personal experience of JERRY GARCIA, while PHILLIP WILLIAMS plays lead guitar with a deep blues style that is noticeably influenced by JIMI HENDRIX, DUANE ALLMAN, ALVIN LEE and a fluidity that is at times eerily reminescent of JERRY GARCIA. Whether solo, together as "ACOUSTIC WB" or with their back-up group THE HOMEGROWN BOOGIE BAND, WILLIAMS BROTHERS shows are always full of surprises including various special guests.
THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS have released a total of 4 albums, and have countless live bootleg recordings circulating throughout the tape trading ranks. The WBB is planning a 15-year retrospective album to be released summer 06. James and/or Phillip Williams have worked with: RAMBLIN JACK ELLIOT, JIMMY SMITH, JOHN LEE HOOKER, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, REO SPEEDWAGON, THE GUESS WHO, TESLA, ZIGABOO MODELISTE, THE DREW EMMITT BAND, VINCE HERMAN, JOE CRAVEN, DEREK TRUCKS, CANNED HEAT, RATT, SLAUGHTER, TRAPT, JOHN WAITE, TONY FURTADO, OZOMATLI, C-BO, KARL DENSON, GREAT AMERICAN TAXI, THAMUSEMEANT, SAM KINNIGER, CARLOS WASHINGTON, THE MEDITATIONS, H. R. from BAD BRAINS, FILIBUSTER, RYAN SHUPE & THE RUBBER BAND, CASEY DRIESSEN, ERIC LINDELL, WIL SEABROOK, EDDIE FROM OHIO, BACK PORCH MARY, TEN MILE TIDE, SHAKEDOWN STREET, THE MOTET, TRACY GRAMMER, REED FOEHL, BRUCE HAYES, DEXTER GROVE, LOTUS, CLAN DYKEN, THE BREAKFAST, GOVINDA, MOSES GUEST, BROTHERHOOD OF GROOVE, HENRY TURNER JR. & FLAVOR, THE WARSAW POLAND BROTHERS, THE WILD BLOOMS, ALMA MELODIOSA, JAH ROOTS, BONGO LOVE, RAS DAVID, GLOBAL FUNK COUNCIL, HALDEN WOFFORD & THE HI-BEAMS, SONS OF GRAVITY, FAMILY GROOVE COMPANY, CERULEAN CITY, CHRONOPHONIC, THE MISSION PLAYERS, MAMAS COOKIN, LAST CONSERVATIVE, THE STEADY UPS, QWIKSAND, LION VIBES, JYEMO & THE EXTENDED FAMILY, WISEBIRD, WHITE WATER RAMBLE, SHAKEDOWN, HOME AT LAST, ERIC DODGE, EXIT 42, FRANK JORDAN, TANGLEWOOD, HOODROOPONE, TRANSCENDENTAL HAYRIDE, THE BREAKFAST, KIM QUIRK, SAARABA, SIMPLICITY, BUMBAS CREATION, PURPLE BUDDHA, THE MERCURY PROJECT, THE PUDDLE MOUNTAIN RAMBLERS, ELEMENT 37, BACKWOODS REVUE, JT & THE BIG DOGS, KELLY J BAND, THE GROTTO, FRACTALIA, LOADED 45, THE LAST BUS, WASABI, STOUT, RIVERSEED, WHEEL, RIVETER, FLAT TOP REED, STONEFED, THE LATELYS, MUCHO BUDDHA, THE PINEAPPLE CRACKERS, THE DESCIPLES, THE DAVID STARR BAND, & GRINDSTONE, in one way or another, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. The Williams Brothers have been putting together shows for other bands as well as performing heavily for the past 16 years, a complete list of those affected would be impossible to gather.
THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS have performed live over 1000 times, again an exact list would be dificult to generate but one,or the other, or both of THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS have appeared at various festivals and top venues including but definitely not limited to: THE 922 FESTIVAL 1990-2005 (2006 booked) Sacramento, Ca., & Grand Junction, Co., THE HERITAGE FESTIVAL 1994 Sacramento, Ca., THE HUMBOLDT GROWERS PARTY 1997 undisclosed location, Ca., THE MT. SHASTA RAINBOW FAMILY ELDERS GATHERING 1998 Mt. Shasta, Ca., THE ALPINE MUSIC FESTIVAL 1998 Bear Valley, Ca., THE FREE TIBET CONCERT 2000 Nevada City, Ca., THE EARTHDAY FESTIVAL 2000-2002 Grand Junction, Co., THE FRUITA FALL FESTIVAL 2001-2005 (2006 booked) Fruita, Co., THE SOUTHWEST/ARBOR DAY FESTIVAL 2002-2006 Grand Junction, Co., HOT AUGUST NIGHTS @ THE WESTERN COLORADO BOTANICAL GARDENS AMPITHEATER 2004, 2005 Grand Junction, Co., DESERT ROCKS MUSIC FESTIVAL 2005, 2006 (2007 booked) Moab, Ut, The March of Dimes WALK AMERICA CELEBRATION 2005, 2006 (2007 booked) Grand Junction, Co., ROCK JAM 2006, Mack, Co., PALISADE PEACH FESTIVAL 2006 Palisade, Co., BURNING MOUNTAIN DAYS 2006 Newcastle Co., THE MOAB BREWERY'S 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 2006 Moab Ut., THE MESA THEATER Grand Junction, Co., THE AVALON THEATER Grand Junction Co, QUXOTE'S TRUE BLUE Denver, Co., THE BUCKHORN SALOON Laramie, Wy., FIRST STREET PUB Nederland, Co., SCOOT n' BLUES, Durango, Co., THE SUMMIT Durango, Co., TURN OF THE CENTURY Montrose, Co., THE PRESS CLUB Sacramento, Ca., THE SPOTLIGHT LOUNGE Grand Junction, Co., WOODY'S TAVERN Moab, Ut., BRUSHCREEK SALOON Eagle, Co., PAT'S BBQ Salt Lake City, Ut., INFERNO'S Sacramento, Ca., THE RED BARN Montrose, Co., LA CABANA Montrose, Co., THE PHATT DIZZUMP, Sacramento, Ca., PINE GABLES Colorado Springs, Co., KRPA CHANNEL 12 Roseville, Ca., KCPR STUDIOS Sacramento, Ca., 95 Rock STUDIOS Grand Junction, Co., KAFM STUDIOS Grand Junction, Co. , KREX CHANNEL 5 STUDIOS Grand Junction, Co., KZMU STUDIOS Moab, Ut., & THE KAFM RADIO ROOM (also simulcast & web cast) Grand Junction, Co.
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