“Born in Toledo, Ohio, artist Chuck Williams works and lives near the Massachusetts shores of Buzzards Bay. He is a formidable folk singer-songwriter who has been around the barn more than once. If an older style folk-roots collection is your forte you won’t go wrong with Chuck. His latest, “Stories I’ve Told,” is just that -- traditional".
For those unfamiliar with Chuck, he has opened for Cheryl Wheeler, Kelly Joe Phelps, Steve Forbert, and Jimmy LaFave, among others.
Chuck’s approach is typically relaxed, at times sentimental and always confident. What Chuck has mastered is how to pull at Americana heartstrings and tell rootsy stories through his simple and effective novella type lyrics. Nothing is overproduced or played with flash. Chuck has a personable singing style and it's not done to impress but express.
Chuck is never at a loss for words. His lyrics, at times, are rural poetry. Poetry of the forests, roads, farmlands, prairie and if there’s a touch of fantasy – in the hands of Chuck Williams it will work as a folk song. A strong example of visual imagery lives within 'Riders of the Rails' where this artist paints hoboes and small-town life – he adds railroads and colorful characters. This song reminds me of something Boxcar Willie or Freddy Fender would record. It has a maturity to it and we all know someone who may be a personality in a Chuck song. I think Chuck would be at home with an Arlo Guthrie or Hamilton Camp to sing along with.
Artists such as Justin Bieber and even Taylor Swift will never know what it’s like to sing something with a deeper meaning. Maybe with time, they will have something more serious to sing about. Maybe they will realize they can do more than just sing something that has the shelf-life of white bread.
Chuck’s band is The One Night Stand Band – and they are all proficient in their performance. The album is a four-panel color CD designed by Paula Mailloux at Bongo Beach Productions. The collection was Produced by John Mailloux and Chuck Williams and recorded in Westport, MA.
John Apice, No Depression, March 2018