Christopher Williams CD Release show at Jammin’ Java

Sunday December 4 8PM $12 singer/songwriter

With seven years of nonstop national touring and playing more than 120 shows a year, this New York born, Bucknell University Religious Studies graduate and former Seattle pre-school teacher, has built a faithful following of listeners around the country and independently sold more than 21,000 records, primarily off of the stage. Williams writes songs that are honest and confessional, yet never overbearing, and performs with an appealing mix of intense passion and humor. He is a songwriter and an entertainer, engaging audiences with what the Boston Phoenix calls Ôø?lush guitar work, sweet soaring vocals,Ôø? and sometimes the added percussive vulnerability of a single djembe hand drum.

And in a newly discovered, Dylan-esque manner, Williams has begun telling stories from the stage in between songs. Ôø?It just started happening, this musical story spilling,Ôø? Williams explains. Ôø?They have always been a part of my show, but never sung spontaneously without direction. Of course, it doesnÔø?t always work, but that is the joy of performing. Receiving the grace of an audience there to experience the spontaneity of a real live showÔø?I love those moments.Ôø?

This consistent passion continues to propel Williams forward and make other musicians take notice. During the last several years, Williams has opened for, and in some cases accompanied on djembe and vocals, such renowned performers as David Wilcox, the waifs, Peter Himmelman, Patty Larkin, the subdudes, and Arlo Guthrie, in a wide array of venues ranging from BostonÔø?s Sanders Theatre to NashvilleÔø?s Bluebird CafÔø? to San FranciscoÔø?s Great American Music Hall. HeÔø?s also brought his music to the main stage at many of the nationÔø?s finest folk festivals, including New YorkÔø?s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, ColoradoÔø?s Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, TexasÔø? Kerrville Folk Festival, and OklahomaÔø?s Woody Guthrie Festival.