TRAVERSE CITY — Sleder’s Family Tavern presents Jack Williams in concert Sunday, May 5, at 4 p.m.
Williams’ music, rooted in his native South Carolina, is shaped by a 50-plus year career of playing folk, rock, jazz, R&B, classical and the popular tunes of the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s. Williams likes to tour “under the radar,” playing concerts of all sizes including more than 50 house shows a year.
In addition to his solo career, as a guitarist he has accompanied names that include Tom Paxton, Peter Yarrow, Mickey Newbury and Harry Nilsson. Besides leading numerous workshops as he tours the country, he has been on the staff of The Swannanoa Gathering in North Carolina, Lamb’s Songwriter Retreat in Michigan, The Folk Project in New Jersey and WUMB’s Summer Acoustic Music Week in New Hampshire, also co-hosting a semi-annual Music Workshop Weekend near his home in the Ozarks.
Jack has eight CDs of original music on the Wind River (Folk Era) label, plus his DVD “High Cotton,” a collection of on-stage performances. His newest release, “Bound for Glory,” is a two-disc recording of a concert before a live audience in Ithaca, N.Y. His CD, “Don’t Let Go,” is a collection of cover songs reflecting major influences on his musical development.
Williams’ show is part of Sleder’s On the Porch concert series. Tickets are $15 in advance from Sleder’s, Oryana Food Cooperative, Brilliant Books and West Side Beverage. For reservations and information, call 947-9213.
Williams will also appear at The Rhubarbary at 3550 Five Mile Creek Road in Harbor Springs on Saturday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $5.