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“Some slick guitar playing there, Rob! Nice one.... 😀”

“Excellent CD! It reminded me of Jan Akkerman's 'Profile' album.”

"I've always been able to play 'on the spot' and can just turn up with a band and help them out when they need somebody quickly," Rob found that he was able to help people as soon as he started in the music industry, either teaching them or actually standing in live with bands when a member is down. "I don't need any rehearsal - I can just turn up and do it - it's been very useful!"”

“The Early Years: 1421 - 2012 Rob Cook Williams, Long-awaited album by live session man and established guitar teacher A diverse range of musical styles made from Rob's early band recordings in the 80s, through to instrumentals used for adverts in the 90s and through to live festival appearances in the 2000s make this an obvious choice for tracks to make an official album. Summing up many of Rob's musical styles and love of all aspects of the guitar, and eras in music - hence the title - you can catch a bit of the humour and moods of mr Cook-Williams in this rare compilation. The version of Highw(A)y 483 was taken from the album 'Rob Cook Williams: Live at the 3rd Annual Jazz, Blues & Rock Festival' All tracks written and performed by Rob Cook Williams Early recordings AAD quality up to DDD Share / Listen to the album at: http://www.reverbnation.com/robcookwilliams/album/83545-the-early-years-1421-2012 Recommend this to a friend +”

“Hello Rob, Thanks again for playing with us last night, and helping us out - brilliant guitar work and improvisation. Well done. Next gig is March 6th”

““People often ask me who is your favourite guitarist or artist and the truth is I just can’t answer that. What I want to play or listen to when I first get up will be different from lunch time and then to the evening and so forth. It depends what mood you are in and what you are doing at the time, it’s all music. I write my own, and it’s just pigeon-holing to say 'this is a certain type of music' - I'm a musician and I play music! It's really great to perform live every week and it’s a great feeling when it all goes down well at any live venue. "I like to write my own material as well as playing covers. We have released an album recently which has done quite well, Rob Cook Williams: The Early Years: 1421-2012, it was recorded to showcase many different styles rather than being aimed at just commercial success. “I really do enjoy running my websites and to think somebody in, say, Japan is listening to and (hopefully) enjoying my music is really very rewarding.”

“The ukulele is the instrument of choice for Shrewsbury’s budding musicians. That’s according to musician and music teacher Rob Cook Williams. The talented musician, who also writes his own music, has been in the music business for a long time. "I teach all stringed instruments and do lessons for people of all ages at the Golden Guitars shop in Pride Hill, Shrewsbury. You can buy a really good ukulele for around £30 and learn how to play it pretty quickly while other string instruments can be much more expensive. I teach people of all ages how to play here in the shop". Rob found that he was able to help people as soon as he started in the music industry, either teaching them or actually standing in live with bands when a member is down. "I've always been able to play 'on the spot' and can just turn up with a band and help them out when they need somebody quickly, I don't need any rehearsal - I can just turn up and do it - it's been very useful!"”

""I hope you are still playing that guitar often... you got chops, my friend!"" Dave Desmelik, Medicine Music

Medicine Music

““I’m a song-writer and guitarist myself so I know the music business really well and I’m also keen to support local artists and bands and hope to have their music on sale here as well. Of course I also have a full range of guitars and other musical instruments and equipment and accessories available”

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“Rob also plays with another local band, White Noise, and also guest-sessions at live gigs with other groups when members are down. He first picked up a guitar at the age of 11 at the urging of his brother-in-law: “He was in a band back then and he thought I’d be into it – he was right, it’s been my living for 23 years,” he said. “I’ve played in bands and I’ve taught and I used to do demos for guitar makers at events like Music Live at the NEC. “The beauty of it is that you can take up the guitar at any age. Lots of people decide to learn when they’re in their 40s, 50s or 60s because they’ve got more time than they had when they were young and guitars are now so reasonably priced. If you’ve got the music in you then it will come out.” The young Rob graduated from a steel-string acoustic Spanish-style guitar – “so big I could hardly get my ams round it” – to an electric guitar at the age of 16 and was soon in his first band”

Alistair Syme - Shropshire Star

“Congratulations is due to Rob Cook Williams for his 3rd number 1 on the ReverbNation Rock Charts with 'Lonely Oyster' NOW No 5 ON THE NATIONAL CHART !”

“2012-05-29 11:48 Hi Rob Cook Williams, you have great songs here, keep up the good work. Greetings from France. X Witchcraft-The End Of a Reign MOTW”

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“Controversy over improvements to a trunk road near Oswestry has had an unexpected spin-off for village musician Rob Cook Williams. He wrote his song Highw(A)y 483 five years ago after he bought the Golden Lion Hotel in the area. The blues song is about the A483, the main road which runs through the village of Llandysilio, where Rob owns the Hotel, and regularly performs his songs. Mr Cook Williams believes the renewed interest is probably down to concern in the local area about road safety, "although the song itself is not a protest song, says Rob. "It is more tongue-in-cheek; a song celebrating the local area. "There have been many songs written about highways and by-ways over the years, but not too many about the local area! "We have a regular blues night here at the Golden Lion every Tuesday and it often gets performed then, and I've even had people covering it." The song is requested frequently in the Golden Lion and customers can listen on Reverbnation in the lounge area.”

ROAD ROW SEES ROB RIDE HIGH IN THE CHARTS - The Shropshire Star

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”

“R I P Gary Moore, one of the best blues guitarists ever.”

“All artwork copyright 2011 John Shackell Many thanks, John! All photographs copyright Karen Williams”