by David Malloy
started playing the resophonic,
Dobro style guitar in1963, when he was just a young teenager.
Within the first year, he had already debuted with The Lilly Brothers
and Don Stover at the Hillbilly Ranch in Boston, Mass. where they
had performed for nearly two decades. Since then he has gone on
to perform and/or record with many well respected Bluegrass and
folk acts on the national and international circuit, including
Don Stover,White Mountain Bluegrass, Hazel Dickens, Joe Val, Bill
Harrell, Wyatt Rice, Delia Bell & Bill Grant, Southern Rail,
Ray Legere, Mark Schatz, Mac Wiseman,The New England Bluegrass
Band, Salamander Crossing, Amy Gallatin and Stillwaters, Slavek
Hanzlik, Mark Erelli, Hiro Arita and others. Career highlights
include twelve overseas tours with various artists, including
a performance at the prestigious Dobro Festival in Slovakia, and
teaching workshops during Bluegrass Week at the Augusta Heritage
Center in Elkins, WV. Roger has recorded two solo projects, 'Fireball'
and 'Rt. 2 To Amherst', and two collaborative efforts entitled
'River Of No Return' (with long-time friend and musical associate
Ray Legere), and 'Williams Squared' (with son JD Williams). Roger
has also been involved in CMH label's 'Pickin' On' series, where
different musical genres are interpreted in the bluegrass vein.
About Roger, Bluegrass Unlimited magazine has said: "Williams,
like all great acoustic slide players, can be mellow and lingering
or crisp and jaunty. He's also a very fine singer (with) more
than a little of Merle Haggard in voice and emotion."
"Roger Williams is one bad-ass Dobro player."--Jim