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The unassuming guru of guitar, Ross Williams celebrates 48 years in the Australian music industry this year. He began playing professionally at 17 and toured with some of Australia’s legendary artists throughout the ’70s and early ’80s. He moved on to work as a sound engineer, producer and A&R Director for a major international record company. He repeatedly toured the world representing some of Australia’s finest recording acts. After a nine year break while concentrating on professional audio and film & television production, Ross again devoted himself solely to his guitar and songwriting. Teaming with American-born blues harmonica player in 1990, the pair enjoyed success and won numerous awards in performance and recording. Together these traveling bluesmen performed at almost every major festival in Australia and work regularly up and down Australia’s East coast.
Ross’ masterful command of both his instrument and the stage are clearly a result of vast industry experience. His understanding of the blues spans decades and his sensitive and soulful guitar work offers a faultless fusion of swamp, blues and jazz, capturing the exact nuance with surprising accuracy. Whether it’s the intricate, acoustic finger-picking of a country blues and ragtime tune or a slashing Texas shuffle on electric guitar, Ross conjures an exciting atmosphere with his boundary-crossing style and melodic voice. He plays with the effortless grace of a seasoned pro.
Born and raised in Melbourne, Ross has toured this country extensively and lived in every state of Australia, finally settling in Queensland in 1986. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Guitar from the Queensland Conservatorium and commenced a career in music education in 2001. Ross was employed as a full-time lecturer in Popular Music at the Queensland Conservatorium programme based at Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus until his retirement in December 2017.
He appears live regularly with and is currently playing lead guitar in popular Brisbane blues band. Ross plays Takamine, Fender and Gibson guitars powered by Fender and Marshall amplification.