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Warner Williams &
Jay Summerour


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Warner Williams has been plying his musical wares in and around the Maryland-
Washington, D.C. area for the past sixtyfive years. Over the last two decades he has partnered with harmonica player and percussionist Jay Summerour. They have established themselves as master musicians equally at home on the festival circuit or at a friend’s fish fry.

Drawing on an endless repertory of blues, county, jazz, pop, gospel, rock, and even old-time classics, Williams imprints each piece with his own style, the mark of a true songster. Over the course of his life he’s picked up lots of songs and
as long as it’s good music, he doesn’t discriminate between genres. He grew up in a profoundly musical family, performing as a youngster at home, church, and on the streets. When he was old enough, he played in jooks and taverns, at times working with various bands. But for the most part, music has been a pleasure and a hobby
secondary to a day job and raising his own musical family. Recently retired from the
Montgomery County Park and Planning Commission, he can now dedicate more time to playing and expanding his musical reputation.

Three generations of family-based music provide context for his superb musicianship. His skills and musical choices provide a unique blend of rural and urban and black and white traditions. He admits a preference for older songs that date back as far as the country breakdown
his father once played, but most stem from blues, jazz, country, pop, and rhythm and blues of the late 1940’s and 1950’s. A musician’s musician, his playing and singing appear so effortless that it takes a moment or two to realize just how good
he is. With his outsized cowboy hat, boots, jeans and shades, he’s hard to miss; and when he starts to play, whether it’s Blind Boy Fuller, Fats Waller, or Fats Domino, he’s impossible to ignore. Together with Jay Summerour, they are outstanding
examples of the East Coast guitar/harmonica duet tradition, and their music reminds
us that there are more blues highways than the Delta’s 61 or 49.

- BARRY LEE PEARSON

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Photo- Michael Stewart

BLACK CAT BONE BLUES
MY BLUE HEAVEN
I GOT A WOMAN
I CAN’T HELP IT (IF I’M STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU)
I’M GONNA MOVE WAY ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF TOWN
BLUEBERRY HILL
AIN’T GONNA PICK NO MORE COTTON
SWEET THANG
GREYHOUND BUS BLUES
WHISKEY HEADED WOMAN
GEORGIA ON MY MIND
WHERE'M I GONNA LIVE WHEN I GET HOME
I GOT THE BLUES SO BAD

WARNER WILLIAMS: guitar & vocal
JAY SUMMEROUR: harmonica, whistling, percussion & background vocal

  Good Mornin' Little School Girl *  Key to the Highway
  Big Bug in My Beer *   Rocks is my Pillow
  Shanty in Old Shantytown *   Run Here Pretty Mama *   I Got a Letter
  C.C. Rider *   Froggy Went a Courtin' *   Big Boss Man
  Step it Up and Go *   I Done More for My Baby *  Diggin' My Potatoes
  One Day at a Time

Warner Williams - Guitar & Vocals
Jay Summerour - Harmonica