Rob Williams, VINYL LOUNGE – Tickets – Vinyl Lounge at Gypsy Sally’s – Washington, DC – June 30th, 2017

Rob Williams, VINYL LOUNGE

Gypsy Sally's Presents a FREE show in our Vinyl Lounge!

Rob Williams


Fri, June 30, 2017

Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Rob Williams
Rob Williams
Whereas most musicians pursue their art at a young age and often settle into a "normal" career later on, Rob Williams tread a more calculated path as a young man, only to rediscover his love of music and travel as he approached his 40's.

 Raised in Virginia, Williams fostered a deep connection to the Southeast and its brand of roots rock and acoustic Americana. After his big sister taught him to play Neil Young's "Hey, Hey, My, My (Out of the Blue)", he was hooked on the guitar, displaying a natural ability to play and write, but eventually pocketed his musical dreams to pursue a passion for teaching and learning. Finishing school, he got married and settled into a career as an educator.  

 After years of establishing his life and putting down roots, Williams felt a compulsion to pursue music once again. This led to the making of his first solo LP, 2013's A Place in the Sun, which showcased his ability to deliver personal wisdom and storytelling with an engaging and contemporary Southern disposition. Despite the success of his first record, Williams found that his career left him little time to devote to extended touring and promotion, so he began embarking on short regional trips to play and promote the record.  

 When the time came to record a follow up, Williams felt a desire to put himself in a more vulnerable position and record the album away from the comforts and familiarity of his hometown. He got out a map and began to circle all the places where he had relatives or friends he could stay with and began to narrow down the search for a studio and producer. "Over the years, I've developed more confidence and a willingness to take risks" reflects Williams, reaffirming his dedication to his new path. "I like the spontaneity that results from peoples' first impressions of songs rather than their calculated and studied interpretation."  The willingness to try new things landed him in Dallas with producer Salim Nourallah, whose production credits include alt-country favorites Rhett Miller and Old 97's.  "Salim and I would meet for lunch each day before our session and talk about life, music, etc..." Williams recalls. "It was a great experience, both laid back and productive at the same time."

 The resulting album, Southern FM, shines with the acoustic-driven alternative Americana flavor that has become Williams' staple. It shies away from any derivative Top 40 leanings, focusing instead on an approach that highlights Williams' penchant for a Southern acoustic sound that blends traditional and contemporary influences.
Venue Information:
Vinyl Lounge at Gypsy Sally's
3401 K Street NW
Washington, DC, 20007