Merle Williams

blues, country

Merle Williams

Merle Williams is an American traditional blues, country, and banjo twang recording artist that performs "Porch Music. Damn Good Porch Music."

His six piece band, Merle and the Magpies, played regularly around the East Bay of San Francisco and Northern California. Back on the East Coast, in the late 1990's he formed Buffy and Fluffy with Scruffy, a guitar, bass, and harmonica trio that played as an opening act in clubs in New York City, and touring the Northeast festival circuit for three years. Playing on the bill with artists of note were Levon Helm, Al Kooper, Bacon Brothers, Muddy Waters Tribute Band, with all of his former band members, Son Seals, Bill Perry, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Jimmy Vivino and Jim Wieder, Marshall Tucker, and Duke Robillard at the Budweiser Blues Festival in Syracuse, New York.

Currently, Merle Williams is a solo artist performing his original compositions as an opening act. His set usually opens with the banjo, including some Jimi Hendrix tunes, a little Hendrix hooten-nanny, if you will. That is followed by traditional Delta acoustic guitar, electric slide guitar and harmonica, slide mandolin, then electric blues on guitar to finish the set. Merle's music is produced on Track-Tour Records where he continues to work as a recording artist and session player.


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