Hometown: Chicago, IL
"Andre Williams, ladies and gentlemen: one of the last living links to the heyday of dirty R&B, super-soul and first generation booty funk. And certainly one of the few left who still brings it like he means it, every time. He's as real as it gets." - Blurt
"Williams has twice the swagger and three times the guts of almost anyone a third of his age." —Tucson Weekly
"A long, long time ago -- before most of us were even alive to remember -- blues,R&B and rock'n'roll were dangerous, dirty and off-limits to anyone with hopes of fitting into proper society, flitting out of the windows of skeezy juke joints and bars on the outskirts of town. It was primal. It was honest. Mostly, it was fun. Thank God Williams is around to remind us of that halcyon era." —Aversion.com
"I bought a couple Andre Williams CD's off your website, based solely upon your written glories about the guy. Sweet fucking god they didn't disappoint. You know how there's a feeling of being 'clean naked' and 'dirty naked'? Well, Williams is dirty naked, even when I'm fully dressed. I could never listen to his music in front of my mother, God no." —A Fan on our website
Andre "Mr. Rhythm" Williams is a R&B legend, and you may not even know it. He wrote "Shake A Tail Feather," and sang such uber-raunch cult classics as "Bacon Fat" (covered by the Cramps), "Greasy Chicken," and the epitome of songs about little girls, "Jail Bait." He worked at seminal labels such as Motown, Chess, and Fortune. He wrote songs for, or produced folks Ike Turner, Parliament/Funkadelic, Edwin Starr and Stevie Wonder. The guy is like music's version of Zelig; he's been everywhere, man. Yeah, baby.
After a few hard years in... er... retirement, he stormed back in the late 90's with a record of smutty garage punk called Silky recorded with members of the Demolition Doll Rods and the Dirtbombs. Since then he has recorded with the Sadies, Jon Spencer, Two-Star Tabernacle (which included a very young Jack White) and many others. His resurgence of popularity (and notoriety) continues as he tours the world. He was the subject of a documentary, Agile, Mobile, Hostile that premiered at the 2008 SXSW Film Festival. Andre tells it like it is, and if you get all bashful and shit with the blue language, you might want to steer clear--this guy can make Redd Foxx (who gave him his nickname, by the way) look like Bill Cosby. Don't let the shtick fool you, though, the man has put together some of the most bad-ass soul shakers in the history of music. He strips away all the bells and whistles and shoots musical arrows right to your goodie spot. Music at its most feral.
Also, Andre shows generally feature at least one costume change. That can't be said about a lot of folks these days.
"Glue" w/ Sally Timms on Down to the Promised Land
"Lily White Mama/Jet Black Daddy" and "Ramblin' Man" w/ 2-Star Tabernacle both on Making Singles, Drinking Doubles
"Shake a Tail Feather" with The Sadies on For a Decade of Sin: 11 Years of Bloodshot