On the Goe: Williams Brothers Band to record live set at Mesa Theater
One of my favorite things about writing this column is getting the chance to highlight those in the music community who really deserve recognition.
I’m talking about bands that write and play original material. Bands that have ambition beyond being just a bar band and put in the work to really perform.
I’m not sure that extra effort is always appreciated or even noticed, but for me, it is a relief to see bands put their valuable time into the craft I love.
One band that is most deservedly worthy of praise is The Williams Brothers Band. A mainstay of the western Colorado music scene since 2000, The Williams Brothers Band is certainly at the top of the local music heap and has earned that position by doing things the right way.
Ever since I found out the band had plans to record two upcoming shows featuring new material, I knew that was something I had to write about.
It has been more than five years since The Williams Brothers Band released “Live! In Aspen,” a live show recorded in, you guessed it, Aspen, and the band is eager to replicate the album’s success with two upcoming recordings.
The first show is Saturday, Feb. 22. The band will record its set live from the Mesa Theater and Lounge, with the results earmarked for national release.
“We will do an acoustic duo set, then a full electric band set, and then finish with our ‘big band’ lineup which will feature additional instrumentation,” lead singer and guitarist James Williams said about the show. “Each of these sections will add different elements and dynamics that change the feel of songs.”
Though the band may play songs featured on “Live! In Aspen” this Saturday, Williams notes the band never plays the same song exactly the same way twice.
As you may have guessed, there is another Williams involved in the band. Phillip Williams, James brother, plays shredding lead guitar featured on many of the band’s tracks and is one of the reasons why you’ll never hear identical takes.
Drummer Jared Schmidt and bassist Allen Bradley hold down a strong rhythm section that allows Phillip Williams to explore the fret board of his guitar and play off emotion and the energy of the crowd.
“Our mindset is to do what we’ve always done, get up there and put down the best sound we can in that particular moment,” Williams said. “We consider the Mesa Theater our ‘home venue’ so we couldn’t ask for a more comfortable surrounding or better situation.”
If you can’t make it to Saturday’s show, The Williams Brothers Band also plans to record its March 1 show at Sabrosa. The night is branded as “The Williams Brothers & Friends” and will feature guest performers from Zolopht & The Destroyers, Lowlands, Pineapple Crackers, Jack+Jill, We Speak Imaginese, Intertwined, Bronco Country, Wheel, Flat Top Reed, Dualakoo, No Outlet, Showcage, King, Donny Morales, That Guy and Will Whalen.
For the band, the show is a chance to give back to its fans and to the musicians who have supported them over the years. The recording from Sabrosa will be available as free downloads and the best tracks from the night will be available at future Williams Brothers Band shows and at local retailers.
“We have the best fans in the Grand Valley. We lean on them and feed off the energy and love they give,” James Williams said.
You’ll no doubt hear that sentiment in the band’s playing on each of these live recordings.
The Williams Brothers Band are everything you should desire in a band. The band plays original music, maintains the highest quality standards for both its live shows and recordings, and is gracious of fan’s support. Most importantly it is just a really good, confident band.