His sound is strongly influenced by the blues of the Mississippi Delta and swampy soul. Before a string of east-coast shows including showcases at BIGSOUND, he shares five lines of beauty.
1. Khalil Gibran“The deeper sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” On 'Joy & Sorrow' from 'The Prophet'.
2. Pablo Neruda“I want / To do to you, what spring does with the cherry trees.” 'Every Day You Play' from 'Twenty Love Poems And A Song of Despair'.
3. Leonard Cohen“You go your way / And I'll go your way too.” 'The Sweetest Little Song' from 'The Book of Longing'.
4. Matsuo Basho“There is nothing you can see that is not a flower / There is nothing you can think that is not the moon.” 'On Flowers & Moons' from 'Haiku'.
5. Federico Garcia Lorca“Like a snake, my heart / Has shed its skin / I hold it there in my hand / Full of honey and wounds.” 'New Heart' from 'Book Of Poems'.
Karl S Williams plays The Bearded Lady (Brisbane) 14 September; he also showcases at BIGSOUND (Brisbane) 5, 6 September.
Click here for the full list of shows he has upcoming in September and October.