Rob and Linda Williams At PC

Rob and Linda Williams At PC

RandLWilliamsRob and Linda Williams are coming to South Carolina for a single performance at Presbyterian College’s Edmunds Hall. The internationally-known performers have performed at “The Grand Old Opry,” on “Austin City Limits,” “Music City Tonight,” “Mountain Stage” and they continue to make frequent appearances on the PBS radio program, “A Prairie Home Companion,” hosted by Garrison Keillor.

As live performers they are second to none performing in bluegrass, gospel, and other folk musical traditions. Their stirring concerts have earned them a huge body of fans over the years. But as gifted songwriters Robin and Linda have earned an even rarer honor, the devotion and deep respect of their musical peers. As The Washington Post put it, “The Williamses are able to sum up a life in a few details with moving completeness.” The list of artists who have covered their original songs include some of the greats of country music, names like Emmylou Harris, Tom T. Hall, George Hamilton IV, Tim & Mollie O’Brien, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kathy Mattea and The Seldom Scene.

r_&_l_gold_2Robin (the son of a Presbyterian minister) was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and graduated from Presbyterian College in South Carolina. Linda is originally from Anniston, Alabama and went to school in Michigan. They met and fell for each other in 1971 on a visit to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina while Linda was teaching school and Robin was a full-time musician on a national coffeehouse circuit. It wasn’t long before they discovered additional magic when they combined their voices in harmony. They will be joined in Clinton by their frequent performing companion, Jim Watson, on bass, vocals, and mandolin.

Despite being true children of the South, their career got its initial momentum up north in the Minneapolis folk scene. Robin had made many friends and connections there as a solo artist and in 1975 they recorded their first album in Minneapolis for a local record company. The same year they made their first appearance on a little radio show just getting off the ground called “A Prairie Home Companion” and their rich relationship with that icon of American broadcasting has continued for three decades. And having always sung gospel music, in the late 1980s they teamed up with their old friend and “A Prairie Home Companion” host Garrison Keillor and bluegrass songstress Kate MacKenzie to form The Hopeful Gospel Quartet. This wonderful sideline ensemble has gone on to release two albums and tour the USA, British Isles and Europe.

Their concert at Presbyterian College is on Thursday, February 12th at 7:30pm in Edmunds. Tickets will be available in advance at the door. All tickets are general admission and are priced at $3.00. Edmunds Hall seats only 330, so tickets for this concert are limited. Tickets are available at Belk Auditorium or by calling the Department of Music offices at 864.833.8470.