Four accomplished artists brought together under the lead singer’s banner to make some of the best contemporary music in the region take the stage at Northeast State this month.
The Tyler Williams Band plays a free one-night only show at Northeast State on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at the College’s Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater on the main campus in Blountville. The performance is the keynote event for Disabilities Awareness Week on campus.
Singer, songwriter Tyler Williams, born in central Ohio, is a young man with big dreams that started when he was just two years old. At age four, he began playing piano attracting the attention of everyone around him. Although Williams was born with Cerebral Palsy and became blind at infancy, he remained determined in his pursuit of becoming an entertainer.
Over the years, Williams refined his skills playing with some of his heroes such as the legendary Tony Rice, Lonesome River Band, and Balsam Range. His hard work has produced a powerful voice and original style. He assembled a group of regional all-stars ready to move forward into the entertainment world.
Williams’s band is composed of Ashley Davis, Aaron Smith, and Megan McKamey – all gifted individual performers in their own right. Davis learned piano from her mother and picked up guitar on her own when she was 12 years old. She played with The Parsons and Sweet Potato Pie throughout her college years. In 2007, Davis recorded her first solo album, “Fiddlin’ with Les,” which is titled in honor of her musical mentor.
Smith first picked up a guitar at the age of 12 and soon learned how to play efficiently off recordings from artists such as Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Blue Highway, Alison Krauss & Union Station. While still a teenager, he traveled full time with semi-professional band, Still Waters and ultimately attended East Tennessee State University to study in the prestigious Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music program. Davis quickly gained recognition with his guitar work and tenor singing and has also become fluent on mandolin and banjo, as well as working on bass.
McKamey started playing banjo at the age of 9 when her Papa Conner told her she could have his old banjo if she learned how to play it. Now at age 21, she has already had many successes in her musical career including playing with one of her most influential banjo heroes, J.D. Crowe, in the filming of Tim Farmer’s “Homemade Jam.”
Sponsored by Northeast State’s Cultural Activities Committee, the who is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.