Dale Williams | Heaven's Got the Blues

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Heaven's Got the Blues

by Dale Williams

Williams' lyrics are mostly well crafted: his production is deep and textured; his vocals are taught and intense. He's not above a bit of "blooze" pandering on occasion (e.g., The Coochie Prison), but he can also ignite genuine sonic sparks with his fretboard pyrotechnics (Hula Hoop), and when he fires down the jets and shows his vulnerability (as in the breathy pop ballad Wish It Was Me). the effect is tantalizingly seductive. I Don't Miss You. another ballad with a folkish pop tinge, finds the singer delivering a kiss-off to a former lover with an effective blend of vitriol and anguish. The countri- fied romp Sweet Mississippi will ring a bell with every northern-bred. southern-bound blues pilgrim who ever hit the road: Hey Baby. meanwhile, sounds like the kind of primal, juke-rocking blues that same pilgrim probably hopes to find once he reaches his destination. California Blues, in contrast, is a string-softened meditation that features Williams' fretwork at its most dexterous an
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1. A Little Bit of Love Dale Willams
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2. The Coohcie Prison Dale Willams
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3. Hey Baby Dale Willams
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4. Hula Hoop Dale Willams
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5. Heaven's Got the Blues Dale Willams
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6. Wish It Was Me Dale Willams
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7. I've Got News for You Baby Dale Willams
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8. I Don't Miss You Dale Willams
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9. Sweet Mississippi Dale Willams
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10. California Blues Dale Willams
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11. Dale's Boogie Dale Williams
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Chicago native, Dale Williams was born on the south side of Chicago.
While in high school he learned to play the guitar, and became a regular musician at clubs such as the Checkerboard, Theresa's, The Queen Bee, and the Kingston Mines. During this time, he played alongside various music legends in jam sessions. These artists included Lefty Dizz, Son Seals Jr, and Wells James Cotton. Williams also toured with Little Milton and Oscar Brown Jr.
In 1971, he was introduced to Sun-Ra in Philadelphia, which ultimately led to many recordings on Sun-Ra's albums.  After the touring, the sessions, and the performances with Sun-Ra, Dale joined the band backing Jean Carn and moved to Washington DC. There he formed the Dale Williams Blues Band, with Phil Wiggins on harmonica. The Dale Williams Blues Band later became the Dale Williams Band /Rock. Both became local favorites and received rave reviews.
Dale Williams now resides in Los Angeles and works as side man for artists such as Rebbie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Mighty Mo Rodgers, Dorothy Moore, LLCool J, Solomon Burke, Howard Hewitt, Faith Evans, and Brandy.
In April 2012 Dale Williams released his single "A Little Bit Of Love ", and later "Lose'n Everything", which appeared in the September 2012 film "The Tall Man".
In January 2013, William's album " Heaven's Got The Blues" , a blues and rock CD; which contains 11 new songs will be available on BlueBoy Records. The recording features Dale Williams' stylistic guitar, accompanied by musicians Glen Fisher, Yuko Tamura, Richard Sellers, and Terry Scott.  Williams' first Indie label release will boast firey guitar solos, hypnotizing grooves, and a blend of Chicago Blues, Rock and Soul.


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Living Blues Cd review Dec-Jan 2013
DALE WILLIAMS
Heaven's Got the Blues
Blueboy - (No #)
c;hicago native Dale Williams' resume cites qualifications ranging from tours with the likes of Little Milton and the late poet/play- wright/songwriter Oscar Brown jr. through an early-'70s stint with Sun Ra to more recent gigs accompanying such figures as the late Solomon Burke, Dorothy Moore. Mighty Mo Rogers. and even LL Cool j.
Williams' lyrics are mostly well crafted: his production is deep and textured; his vocals are taught and intense. He's not above a bit of "blooze" pandering on occasion (e.g., The Coochie Prison), but he can also ignite genuine sonic sparks with his fretboard pyrotechnics (Hula Hoop), and when he fires down the jets and shows his vulnerability (as in the breathy pop ballad Wish It Was Me). the effect is tantalizingly seductive.
I Don't Miss You. another ballad with a folkish pop tinge, finds the singer delivering a kiss-off to a former lover with an effective blend of vitriol and anguish. The countri- fied romp Sweet Mississippi will ring a bell with every northern-bred. southern-bound blues pilgrim who ever hit the road: Hey Baby. meanwhile, sounds like the kind of primal, juke-rocking blues that same pilgrim probably hopes to find once he reaches his destination. California Blues, in contrast, is a string-softened meditation that features Williams' fretwork at its most dexterous and imaginative-the "blues" invoked here are an emotional state. not a musical form.
For all his hard-won experience as a sideman and a road warrior. Dale Williams sounds as if he's in the process of forging a distinct musical identity as a bluesman. But on a track-by-track basis, this set has plenty to recommend it. and it's encouraging to hear a still-potent veteran like Williams embrace the blues with this kind of dedication and craft.
-DAVID WHITEIS