The Hall Williams Band, proudly based in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, is ready to burst forth. The band’s namesake, Hall Williams, is a longtime guitarist and songwriter originally from Vermont. With influences spanning a multitude of genres and a lifetime of musical experiences under his belt, Williams is ready to bring his gift to the people. “Why now?” you may ask. Williams draws from a wide range of subject matters; from rambler stories and peace and love to drug abuse and heartache. His gift lies in his ability to make every song feel positive. The difficult subjects in Williams’ lyrics are not accompanied by dark and dreary melodies. They are not meant to deepen the depression or drag us down. Their timbre is meant to show us that even dark subjects can be approached in a positive manner. They are designed for us to take in the darkness of the message and transform it into a positive energy force to drive us forward. Amidst the whirlwind of negativity that constantly berates the world we live in, the people need the Hall Williams Band. The music itself combines elements of funk, rock & roll, roots and experimental improvisation. The best word to describe the Hall Williams Band’s music is “uplifting” in every sense of the word.
Williams has spent years handpicking the teammates he wants to accompany him on his musical adventure, and his patience has resulted in the current lineup of Lorenzo Sands (bass), Rodney Dunton (drums) and Justin Taylor (keyboards). These men are some of the finest musicians the Baltimore-Washington region has to offer, and Williams is honored every day to have them at his side. Together, the quartet creates a potent brew of talent, experience, drive, fun and pure musical bliss.
The Hall Williams Band released its debut studio album, In His Own Words, in late 2017 and has since played all around the Baltimore area and beyond, most notably appearing at Hot August Music Festival.
Hall Williams (Guitar, Lead Vocals)
Hall Williams is the singer, songwriter and lead guitar player. Originally from Vermont, he is now living in Severna Park Maryland. His primary inspirations are Jerry Garcia, Bob Marley, Tom Petty, and Buddha. Hall is the one that believes music has, can and will again change the world. His music is driven by that belief. Over the years Hall has performed with or shared the stage with Richie Havens, Arlo Guthrie, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, The Mavericks, Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Marcus King Band, Cabinet, Ron Holloway and Jason Crosby.
Lorenzo Sands (Bass)
Lorenzo Sands is featured on bass and vocals, and is the Musical Director of the band. Born and raised in Washington, D.C. Lorenzo started playing bass at the age of 13. After high school, Lorenzo’s career search led him to the United States Air Force where he would later join the Air Force Tops In Blue. Since his return to the Baltimore-Washington area, after his Honorable Discharge in 1992, Lorenzo has toured the world with the likes of Patti Labelle, Sister Sledge, Marcus Johnson, Bobby Lyle, Angela Bofill, Bobby Humphrey, Victor Fields, Sy Smith, Jaared, Allyson Williams, Miki Howard, JOE, Tanya Blount and Pure Soul, just to name a few.
Rodney Dunton (Drums)
Rodney Dunton is on drums and vocals. Originating from the Tidewater area of Virginia, Rodney had an early brush with fame when he recorded with Bruce Hornsby. From that point forward he became one of the most sought after player in the Baltimore-Washington region. Often compared to Carter Beauford, Rodney’s energy is nonstop positive.
Justin Taylor (Keyboards)
Justin Taylor is the newest member of the band. Born and Raised in Baltimore, he graduated from Towson University with a degree in Jazz Studies and Commercial Music. He has performed or opened for artists such as Grammy Winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum, Grammy nominated R&B and Hip Hop artist Jaheim, Contemporary R&B and Pop singer K’Jon, Baltimore’s very own National recording artists Maysa Leak and national recording saxophonist Corinthia Cromwell, Tim Warfield, Warren Wolf, Eddie Hrybyk and several other prominent local and national artists. Justin combines the big Hammond organ sound with beautiful piano melody lines.