Charlotte Folk Society’s next free concert and gathering features Prairie Home Companion regulars Robin and Linda Williams. It will take place Friday, September 12th, 2014, at 7:30pm, at Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue. Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are family-friendly and free. Doors open at 7pm. Donations are appreciated and essential to presenting the concert series in the Stella Center. Accessible entry and an elevator are available through the ground-level door. Free parking is available adjacent to the Stella Center. Refreshments, a song circle, and a jam session follow the concert.
For more than four decades now, Robin & Linda Williams have made it their mission to perform the music that they love, “a robust blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country that combines wryly observant lyrics with a wide-ranging melodicism.” Today, some might call it “Americana,” but these two music masters were living, breathing, writing, and performing this fusion of traditional genres twenty years before the label was turned into a radio format.
As live performers they are second to none. Their stirring concerts have earned them a huge body of fans over the years. 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.
Robin, the son of a Presbyterian minister, was born in Charlotte. Linda is a native of Anniston, Alabama. They met and fell for each other in 1971 on a visit to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Linda was then 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.