The heat has broken and it’s a great night for sitting on the deck with a glass of wine, watching the full moon and a spectacular meteor shower here in Nebraska. So, I’d like to introduce you to Brooks Williams, a blues/slide/folk guitarist and one of the premier players on the Americana roots & blues scene. He’s been named one of the top 100 acoustic guitarists with a style that draws you into the music of plain folks, expressing the emotions of life. When you see him play, it’s almost like he’s sitting beside you telling you stories around a campfire. I think your going to like him, and if you’ve ever seen the movie “Crossroads,” you’ll recognize the Slide Blues tune, as it’s one of the tunes that Ralph Machio “plays” when his girl leaves him. By the way, if you haven’t seen it, look up the guitar duel between Machio (Ry Cooder is doing the guitar playing) and Steve Vai (ripping it up as usual). Oh heck. Here it is. Enjoy! http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2532824540210704919 .
Rich tonight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAC3WIt7M6I
Belfast Blues: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woVUDven6tM&feature=related
Dancer’s Delight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjfWiSoh7go&feature=related
May you never: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2VLdEhZhVk&feature=related
Statesboro Blues: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOOjh-ayEHA&feature=related
Slide Blues: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SbrpR9W0pI
Southwell fold Festival #1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA9YN99jQOw&feature=related
Don’t get around much anymore: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H49hJ6FUfrA&feature=related
Johnny’s farewell: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpeXFSdK6Vg&feature=related
I’m pairing Brooks with a 2010 Benoni Pinot Noir ($18). I love Pinot Noir in the summer. They’re light and fruity, perfect for watching the stars. This one of the best I’ve tasted. It’s a brilliant ruby color with an explosive nose of elegant cherries and red raspberries. The taste is filled with cherry goodness, red berries, a touch of vanilla, and just the right amount of spice that persists into a long, luscious finish. It’s a perfect wine for a summer evening, enjoying the music of Brooks Williams.