Jeff Williams

Jeff Williams

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Folk - Contemporary | Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Member Since: 2007
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Instrumental Acoustic Guitar by

Jeff Williams , recipient of the Arts & Science Council Regional Artist Project Grant , #2 Acoustic Guitar God in the facebook group created by the promoter of the Canadian Guitar Festival, creates unique music on the Acoustic Guitar. All music is available for licensing and opportunities for Royalty FREE licensing may exist. Contact for Details.
Currently purchasing video equipment for my Record Label & Production Company "White Wolf Film & Audio Productions" Charlotte, NC USA and preparing to record and film my unique tapping compositions due for release Nov 2010.

Jeff's Music video's have been featured on the front page of YouTube and featured by Acoustic Guitar Magazine on their online community.
Dan Gabel , Acoustic Guitar Magazine Editor and Columnist penned a personal recommendation letter to the Arts & Science Council so that the amazing music of Jeff Williams can be preserved and shared for years to come.
Jeff Williams is one less than a dozen guitarist ON EARTH who compose using this new approach to the acoustic guitar called "Acoustic Flat Tapping". In this style the guitar is laid FLAT and played from above with both hands "like a piano".
Born in Tampa Florida , Jeff's journey in music began at the age of four. On a piano he would create short etudes which would later be realized as the basic tenants of music theory. His teacher, was a source from within himself.
The majority of Jeff's efforts were focused on the style of Jazz-Rock Fusion. Through his early years he would play bluegrass and gospel inspired by family gatherings of acomplished bluegrass musicians. The great american working class kind who would sit fireside and tell stories in song.
At the age of 15, Jeff discovered fusion jazz in a recording by Jean Luc Ponty, a renowned jazz fusion violinist. Other influences included Steve Morse, Bonnie Raitt , Santana , AL Di Miola , Pink Floyd & Steely Dan.
Jeff studied jazz through his high school under renowned jazz recording artist Philip Shoemaker (aka "Flip") from Kansas University. "Flip" soon had Jeff on stage with local university professors.
Upon graduation Jeff continued his education at the University of South Florida and HCC in Tampa Fl. as a music major with a physics minor. There he also embraced the struggles of his inclusion in the "working class" of america as a commercial electrician. Through these experiences, he gains the crucial insight of the world around him and it's reflected in his emotionally fueled and sometimes haunting lyrics and instrumental compositions.
Jeff is quoted as saying .. "Emotion is not an option it's the key."
With his experiences from many different genres of music including Flamenco , Jazz ,Rock ,Bluegrass, Fingerstyle and Classical and combining elements of exotic and percussion instruments he has broadened the perceived boundaries of the art of acoustic guitar forever. With a single standard 6 string guitar, he sounds like a whole band complete with bass line, lush chords and a quite expressive percussion display.
When asked about the art of his technique Jeff replies
"art should do one of two things .. show how someone is thinking or feeling
or show a NEW WAY of thinking and feeling"
When you see and hear this art i'm sure you'll agree a new and unique landscape of music has indeed emerged in this great talent. Overall, Jeff's complete devotion and love for music results in a unique display of lush harmonies and technical prowess, so very radical and rare, it is something everyone should experience.

Similar Artists and influences include:
Michael Hedges, Preston Reed, Andy McKee, Tommy Emmanuel, Stanley Jordan, Justin King, Kaki King, Don Alder, Erik Mongrain, Billy McLaughlin , Don Ross, Antoine Dufour & Nathan Montgomery.