Enthusiastic, reckless, stormy, rock ‘n’ roll in its natural state … This explains why the Kansas City Star pronounced Jason D. Williams as “the past and future of rock & roll.” The Beacon Journal dubbed him as the “The world’s greatest piano player.” Most importantly this reminds you of why you got into rock ‘n’ roll in the first place, to get a little wild.
After seeing his live show here on Kiawah Island there will be no doubt why fans and critics alike agree with that summation of the dynamic piano player from Memphis, Jason D. has the same musical innovation and on the edge attitude as Jerry Lee and Elvis.
Jason has been described as not only a talented musician but also a dynamically energetic pianist. He has the ability to perform songs on the piano with his body in several difficult, acrobatic-like positions, such as in a handstand, feet, standing or lying on the piano, and even standing on top of piano keys!
Jason D. Williams has spent a lifetime behind the piano connecting with country and rock ‘n’ roll greats while creating a persona that is one-of-a-kind. After decades of being celebrated for performing country and rock ‘n’ roll penned by others, Williams has added a new element to his artistry, songwriting.
The rock ‘n’ roll history of Memphis looms large in Williams’ world. He recorded for RCA and Sun Records in the 1980s and ’90s, and returned to the recording fold in 2010 and has continued steady since. At the age of 16, Williams left his tiny hometown of El Dorado, Ark., to perform with LaBeef who had set up a base of operations in northeast Massachusetts.
A wild man onstage, Jason accredits influences like Jerry Lee Lewis, Moon Mullican, Memphis Slim and Al Jolson, for helping to develop his vast repertoire and seemingly endless energy. “I’ve always welcomed the comparisons; my influences were some of the greatest entertainers ever to be seen.”
Don’t miss your chance to see this one-of-a-kind performance from the ever-entertaining Jason D. Williams! Sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Arts and Cultural Events Council, complimentary tickets are available beginning 10/2 for Kiawah residents and 10/5 for the public. Get your tickets online at www.kiawahisland.org/events or in person at Kiawah Island Town Hall 843-768-9166.