Friday, December 9, 2016

Reverend KM Williams blends blues.

Reverend KM Williams Band blends blues influences from many regions - Chicago.... Clarksdale... and Texas. All these regions spawned their own brand of blues music. But, whether it's Deep Blues from Mississippi's Hill Country or grittier sounds by way of the city of Chicago, musicians generally play in a style picked up from their own particular area. But, the Reverend KM Williams Band is the glorious exception to this rule of geo-specific music. Although the Reverend hails from Texas' Red River region and learned some licks from Elmore James, he has a voice that' s reminiscent of John Lee Hooker and plays Hill Country blues/sanctified boogie with the best of them. So, right there, he's got a nice musical melange going on. Williams, who was born in 1956 started playing music in the 1960s and was inspired by the music of a varied selection of artists including John Lee Hooker, Blind Willie Johnson and R.L. Burnside. Williams' style is a bit reminiscent of the Mississippi Hill Country blues artists with his fairly simple tunes and repetitive distorted guitar riffs backed mostly by just percussion accompaniment.Williams also plays some powerful slide guitar.

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