Davey Williams

Wednesday, October 17, 2001. 9:00 pm
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Davey Williams

Wednesday, October 17, 2001. 9:00 pm

The guitarist has declared this concert “unsuitable for children under the age of six minutes due to content of mind-numbing boredom, irritatingly blues-influenced slide guitar…and vocals… culminating in a regrettable performance of Tex Ritter’s Blood On The Saddle.

Williams is known for his work with the legendary downtown band Curlew and musicians including LaDonna Smith, Eugene Chadbourne, Jim Staley, Wally Shoup, Anne Lebaron and many others.


The guitarist, critic, publisher, and activist Davey Williams (1952–April 5, 2019) is an eternal inductee into the Roulette hall of fame. Born in York, Alabama, Davey Williams is generally acknowledged as one of the founders and preeminent exponents of American free-improvised guitar playing. In his late teens and early twenties he worked in the blues band of Johnny Shines, and in the soul band and revue Salt and Pepper.  By the mid-1970s he had begun involvement in new jazz, avant-garde composition, surrealism and free improvisation. In 1974 he and LaDonna Smith formed the improvising duo (and record label) Trans Museq, during which time he was also active in Rev. Fred Lane & the Debonairs and the Raudelunas Pataphysical Revue.

From the mid-1980s, he was part of the New York downtown scene, playing in the band Curlew with George Cartwright and Tom Cora, and in many other settings. He has worked with many contemporaries in new composition and free improvisation including Anne LeBaron, John Zorn, Jim Staley, Ikue Mori, Col. Bruce Hampton, Andrew Dewar, and in the London-based trio Say What! He has appeared on many recordings and has performed internationally in a wide variety of solo, ensemble and multi-media events. — Bio as of 2019

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