The music of Robert Pete Williams does more beyond telling a chain of personal and fictional stories. His music, like the works of great literary figures, is a life-breathing, transcendental product of experience. He perfected the effects of escape and dark satire in his work, which often has an almost supernatural quality.
Williams met a temporary fate brought on by violence and implied jealousy. Forced to defend himself in a scuffle at a bar, the bluesman shot a man to his death in 1955. The event resulted in a life term in Louisiana’s Angola prison.
Williams does, however, in his ...read more