ROB WILLIAMS / guitars

Robinstruments played

Guitar, Bass, and Mandolin. I dabble with keyboards, tin whistle.

gear

Gibson Les Paul, Fender Strat, Fernandes, Fender Twin Reverb.

musical history

I grew up in southern California listing to K-EARTH 101 (oldies) and the mighty KMET (rock & roll except for that Chuck Mangioni and theme from S.W.A.T. era.) The first two songs that I learned were Muddy Water (Rolling Stones version) and Smoke on the Water. I learned them in the fifth grade on my brother’s Decca electric guitar that he never played. (I actually still have the guitar.)

I played trombone from seventh through ninth grade. When someone stole my mouthpiece I decided to start playing bass for jazz band. That’s when I started learning and playing the guitar and bass seriously. I started playing mandolin in the late 80′s. I have played in many bands and even sat in with a few others – Destiny (later became Clockwork), Epicure, Collision, Strait Up, Theophilus, Lefty Ray’s Deck Hand Band and White Hot. In addition I also sat in on shows for Loretta Lynn and Deliverance.

I joined Sombrance in September 2001 and have not enjoyed jamming with a group this much since my days with Destiny. I look forward to the future of Sombrance and the fans we will reach.

favorite musicians

Collective Soul, Kansas, Toto, Phil Keaggy, Journey, Styx, Bay City Rollers (just kidding), R.E.M., The Beatles, The Swirling Eddies, Led Zeppelin, Russelville, Queensryche, ELO, Alice in Chains, The Galactic Cowboys, Smashmouth and Weird Al.

favorite pastime

Garage sales with the family, camping, remodeling, and watching movies

favorite authors and/or books

Kent Hovan and Ken Hamm, Point Man (Steve Farrar), Cruel Shoes (Steve Martin), My Utmost for His Highest (Oswald Chambers), Calvin and Hobbs, Last Days Madness (Gary Demar).

favorite films

Amadeus, Braveheart, Hamlet (Mel Gibson), Les Miserables, Tombstone, The Star Wars Trilogy, all the Batman movies (except the Clooney fiasco), Blade, Matrix, Zoolander, Office Space, The Game, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spawn, Goonies, Throw Mama From the Train, and many more.