Ward Williams

Band: Randy Houser
Instrument: Fender Stratocaster / TronicalTune Type C

About: “When I do fly dates I don’t have to bring so many guitars because of the Tronical. With the Tronical on my guitar, I change my tunings on the fly. It’s an amazing tool- especially for writing. Sometimes when you just change the tuning you get inspired. Just going into a new tuning opens up the door to your creativity. The Tronical has inspired me to write new riffs. To me, that is the cool thing. You just hit the button and you have a whole new guitar.” – Ward Williams


Ward Williams, Pedal/Lap Steel and Guitar player with Randy Houser is also a Cellist, Vocalist, and Composer, grew up in Winston Salem, NC.  At the age of 11, he discovered MTV, and consequently the love of Rock and Roll music.  His love of MTV faded (due in part to such betrayals as The Jersey Shore), but his love of Rock and Roll continued (in spite of such betrayals as Staind).

After becoming an accomplished Heavy Metal guitar player through Middle School and Junior High, he joined the R.J. Reynolds High School Orchestra on a whim and discovered a love of the Cello and Classical music.  This obsession led him to a course of study at the North Carolina School of the Arts and a Bachelors degree in Cello Performance.

Upon his graduation, he joined the eclectic folk rock band, Jump, Little Children.  For 12 years, he toured the world and recorded albums with Jump on major and indie labels.

In 2006, again on a whim, Ward moved to New York City.  Since then, he has been visible in the City’s music scene, performing with artists such as Vienna Teng, The Paper Raincoat, Elizabeth and the Catapult, Alicia Witt, Brendan James, Chris Mann, The Wellspring, and Danny Ross.  He performed with Brandi Carlile on the TV show, Austin City Limits (air date: 11/16/2010).  He can be seen performing his own music as well, accompanied by his musical partner, Christina Cone (whom he also accompanies).

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