I must admit that I’ve seen so much music that at times I become jaded and feel like I’ve seen just about everything. I was in a rut just like that recently when someone e-mailed me a clip of a guy named Eagle Eye Williamson performing at Gruene Hall. They told me it was the most awesome one man band they’d ever seen.
One man band I thought….”I’ve seen one man bands before and they tend to be lame.”
But, something convinced me to open the link and venture to YouTube. A few mere seconds later I sat mesmerized as I watched this guy with Hunter S. Thompson glasses, a scraggly beard and stringy hair fiddle with a complex set of instruments surrounding him. I was intrigued as I watched him adjust his pedal board and I wondered what would happen next. He was starting to lay into an extended groove that sounded as if it was being created by a four piece band. He paused for one more adjustment, then all of a sudden…it was one of those goosebump inducing musical moments. Pouring out of the speakers was a soulful voice that was equal parts Gregg Allman and Robert Plant’s lower register. Below is the video I was forwarded…I’m sure you’ll feel the same way I did after you watch it. Below that video is a short film about Eagle Eye’s life and art.