Karl S. Williams


Karl S. Williams emerged from the cane country of Northern New South Wales, steeped in swamp water and primitive music. His songs are a distillation of life, love and the human condition; a kind of folk, soul, blues but not as you know it. With a weaponised voice that can soar, moan and ache with the best of them, he writes timeless music, rooted in tradition but also firmly conversant with the present. Whether solo or with his incandescent band, a Karl S. Williams show is frequently referred to as a spiritual experience – delivered with a visceral conviction that leaves audiences profoundly moved.

“I love discovering artists who have that special it – the Zeitgeist – watch out for Karl!
— Peter Noble, Festival Director, Bluesfest Byron Bay
“He can channel the pain of life and warp it into beauty.
— Rhys McRae, Beat
“So good it may even save your life.
— Noel Mengel, The Courier Mail