At Emerson House, 420 N. Main St.
Saturday April 14 will introduce Rockford to Doug & Telisha Williams who first caught my ear at a folk alliance conference. The Williams hail from Martinsville, VA where boarded up factories stand as monuments to how fast the world can change and like the very best singer-songwriters, this duo gives a voice to the struggles of everyday people. Telisha’s voice rises from way down deep and delivers the honest truth with a frank clearness that never wavers. Having played and written together since they were teenagers, Doug’s guitar and harmonies follow suit giving soul to heart. And, when Doug takes the mic for his story songs, you can imagine Flannery O’Connor nodding in praise. Wherever Doug and Telisha go they always make quick friends with their audience, pulling them right into their lives. In just one set, Doug & Telisha can send audience members to their feet in applause, to their knees in prayer, and back to the bar to buy another beer.