"...like a South Carolina version of an acoustic Bruce Springsteen with Jerry Garcia on acoustic lead guitar."
Mike Agranoff - Folk Project and Minstrel Coffeehouse, Morristown NJ
“Jack Williams is one of the most eclectic singer songwriters going. You can hear both the white and black musical traditions in his writing. You can hear country, you can hear blues, you can hear jazz. He’s a poet who knows how to write simply. And he’s a remarkable, magical performer, with graceful good humor, and a hot guitar style."
- Phil Shapiro, host, WVBR's "Bound for Glory"
".....fearless singer, inventive storyteller, forceful-yet-delicate guitarist, and near-legendary status as a modern-times troubadour…. precisely what kept him relevant to at least three generations of loyal fans."
Keith Harrelson - Moonlight On the Mountain, Birmingham AL
“…Perhaps even more exciting than seeing
Bob Dylan, though, was the reaction that Jack Williams got. ..He
practically blew the top off the tent! Man, oh man, can that guy play guitar! He
completely overshadowed more well-known performers…They were wonderful, but Jack
Williams was playing in an entirely different league. I was astounded by how
good he is.”
Mark Cashman, upon hearing Jack for the
first time at the Newport Folk Festival.
"...a gentle but
compelling poetic and musical vision"
Billboard Weather Report
".... his artistry... is nothing short of amazing.
Dazzling picking, expressive voice, unique and interesting songs. He
is a showman in the best sense of the word and just wowed our
audience. I think they would have followed him anywhere."
Rich Warren, WFMT "Midnight Special",
guitar-picking, weathered sliding baritone / tenor in deftly-crafted
songs.... Williams is instantly endearing."
- Stephen Ide in Dirty Linen
If there is anyone not familiar with Jack's incredible songwriting and prodigious performance skills, my sympathies to you. A Jack Williams show is a slam-dunk win-win-win for all. One of the most enlightened and entertaining performers I've ever encountered. (and a nice guy, too!)
Dave Humphreys, Two Way Street Coffee House, Downers Grove IL
"...soulful singer and a superb guitarist..."
Dick Weissman, Folk Musician,
in his book Which Side Are YouOn
"...an American Treasure"
- Mickey Newbury
"...one of the strongest
guitar players in contemporary folk."
- Sing Out!
"Jack is the best guitar-player I've ever heard."
(of Peter, Paul & Mary)
of my all-time
| "An adept acoustic guitarist and extremely capable in the vocal
and songwriting departments…. Difficult to categorize, Williamsblends folk, country, jazz, and blues in a somewhat
gentler Ry Cooder manner….
It would be hard to value one album over the other; both are of high caliber…
Possessing a clear tenor,Williams showcases his fluid fingerpicking style on both discs...
both albums are treats for the listener.
Jack Williams comprehends the potency of understatement and inhabits a
that may be less realistic but certainly kinder.”
Pieter Hofmann, DIRTY LINEN, N. Vancouver, BC
is music with timeless power and grace."
Martin Fullington -
freelance writer, Out 'n About, Asheville NC
"Jack Williams is very much his own man;
…an experienced storyteller, an excellent musician, a masterful
Moir - music writer for 'Country
Music People' - UK