The Williamson Brothers
“"Beautiful, graceful, yet still lonesome and beckoning." That's how writer Jonathan Colcord sums up the music of Tony and Gary Williamson. The "warm and friendly" sound of this duet features smooth vocal harmonies with mandolin and guitar accompaniment, a style handed down by their ancestors in central North Carolina.
Recent performances for the Williamson Brothers have included the Airforce museum in Savannah, GA where they were joined by fiddle legend Vassar Clements and Jeff and Bobby Autry. Their new album, “Still Light of the Evening” was chosen as one of the five best Bluegrass albums of the year by the Chicago Tribune. This release on the Mapleshade label has also received great notices from Sing Out! and Bluegrass Unlimited.
Previously the brothers had toured central California and performed as part of the Carolina Roots series at Guilford College, NC and at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. The brothers also received an Indie nomination in Southern Gospel music for their album “Let Us Cross Over the River” on Doobie Shea Records. This album and their premiere release, “My Rocky River Home”, have received much acclaim from both Bluegrass and Americana audiences. Also, Tony Williamson has been featured on mandolin at a number of venues, including with David Grisman at the Woodruff Center in Atlanta, GA and for vocal legend Luciano Pavarotti at a post-concert reception in Raleigh, NC. Tony was also included in the Mel Bay book “Mandolin 2000: Featuring solos by the world’s finest mandolinists.”