A.A. Williams: “I didn’t have lessons or learn other people’s tabs or anything. I think there’s a punk-rock quality in that”

AA Williams
(Image credit: Jez Pennington)

London singer-songwriter A.A. Williams followed up the beautiful melancholy of gothic debut Forever Blue with As the Moon Rests last year, a journey further into post-rock stylings. A talented multi‑instrumentalist, Williams found the guitar a little down the line.

“I’d always listened to a lot of guitar-based music but hadn’t felt the compulsion to play any of it,” Williams tells us. “Years after studying piano and cello, someone a few doors down from me was throwing out this Squier Tele. It had a little sign under the strings saying, ‘Please take me, just needs work.’”

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Glenn Kimpton

Glenn Kimpton is a freelance writer based in the west of England. His interest in English folk music came through players like Chris Wood and Martin Carthy, who also steered him towards alternate guitar tunings. From there, the solo acoustic instrumental genre, sometimes called American Primitive, became more important, with guitarists like Jack Rose, Glenn Jones and Robbie Basho eventually giving way to more contemporary players like William Tyler and Nick Jonah Davis. Most recently, Glenn has focused on a more improvised and experimental side to solo acoustic playing, both through his writing and his own music, with players like Bill Orcutt and Tashi Dorji being particularly significant.