Born in Oklahoma, Robert Williams is a wanderer, picking up songs along a road that stretches through the roadhouses of Oklahoma to the tempting haunts of Berlin.
Since the 1970s, his style has been his own, a masterful blend of folk, blues, rock and a melodic twist of European cabaret. He played through the Cold War in West Berlin clubs and became a mercurial spark in that scene, a voice in the mosaic of what once was and what was taking its place.
Robert now splits his time between Chicago and Berlin, where he leads the popular roots band Melvin Touché & The Tom Toms. His latest EP Chicken Street was released in spring of 2020 and can be heard on his Spotify channel or on his YouTube channel.
Robert’s forthcoming album Truth, produced by Australian Fred Wehr, will be released in late fall 2021. It features a host of Okies, including Terry Ware, Michael McCarty, Mary Reynolds and Louise Goldberg.