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About Warner Williams
 
Warner Williams
 
Warner Williams, from Gaithersburg, Md., is one of the finest Piedmont-style blues guitar players in the country. He was born and raised in Takoma Park, part of a large family in which everyone played music. His father played fiddle, guitar and piano, and all of his eight brothers and three sisters played instruments and sang, filling the house with music. Recently retired from the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Williams plays both acoustic and electric guitar and piano.

Like his Piedmont blues contemporaries John Cephas and the late John Jackson, Williams was exposed to a wide variety of music in his formative years. He was influenced by bluesmen such as Lightning Hopkins, Blind Boy Fuller and Muddy Waters, but he also listened to country and western recording artists, including Gene Autry and Ernest Tubb. By the time Williams reached his teens in the late 1940s, he was playing regularly around the Washington area. Although he has never made a full-time living playing music, Williams has achieved a reputation as one of the area’s finest and most versatile bluesmen.
--excerpt from The American Folklife Center and the Public Service Collections Directorate at the Library of Congress

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