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southern FM

December 14, 2015

"A confessional singer in the spirit of Bob Dylan, Tom Waites or Tom Petty, Rob Williams is a pure story teller at heart." 
"Southern FM is one of the most enjoyable listens of the year." 

What is a House Concert?

You provide the space and invite the guests, and I'll provide the music!  It's really that simple. 

House concerts have grown in popularity over the years because music fans and musicians alike enjoy the relaxed and intimate setting of live music in the comfort and convenience of home.  Unlike a party with music in the background, the focus of a house concert is live music.  There is time for socializing and catching up with friends both before and after the performance.  During the performance, however, guests are encouraged to listen to the songs to get the most out of this unique experience.

At the house concert, I will play my original songs as well as a few songs by some of the artists who have influenced me over the years.  I'll also share stories behind the songs.  You and your guests are encouraged to sing along, ask questions, make requests, whatever.  We'll keep it light and fun!  Afterwards, I'll hang out and meet your awesome friends!

Sounds like fun! How many people should I invite?

That's entirely up to you!  I've known house concerts to have as few as 12 guests and as many as 30 or 40.  To some degree, it will depend on how much room you have, and you probably have more room than you think!  One of the cool things about house concerts is that there is no script or formula that has to be followed.  After all, this is an event in your home, you can decide what it will be like!

hmmm . . . Does it cost anything to host a house concert?

No.  You don't have to spend anything if you don't want to.  Some hosts like to provide snacks and drinks for guests, while others ask guests to bring their own.  Some hosts serve dinner to guests or have a cookout before the music begins, but those decisions are entirely up to you. 

okay, but How does the performer get paid?

It's basically a pass-the-hat type of show.  As host, you'll let guests know that there is a suggested contribution that will go to the performer, typically $10-20.  Most localities won't let you charge admission without a business license.  A suggested contribution allows guests to pay what they can and also compensates the performer for the performance.  That being said, no guest should be turned away if they aren't able to contribute.   

this all sounds great, but What if I don't live near you?

Don't let that stop you from getting in touch.  I travel quite a bit and odds are good we can work out a date to make this happen!  If you don't live in a place that I'm going to be visiting in the near future and still want to host a house concert, let me know and we can talk about a flat fee.

Get in touch!

I've played house concerts and I've hosted them at my place for other performers.  I've always had a blast!  If you've never been to or hosted a house concert before, you'll find it to be a really cool experience (and your guests will think you're really cool for thinking of it!).

Contact me at if you'd like to talk about hosting a house concert!



by Rob Williams

Rob Williams

Rob Williams’ unique sound and style combine 90’s rock with alt-country and Americana influences.  As front-man of the now defunct indie rock band, Joe Buck, Jr., Williams made a name for himself as a songwriter and performer in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia.  This fall, the veteran songwriter will release his second solo album, Southern FM.  Produced by Salim Nourallah (whose credits include Rhett Miller, Old 97’s, and The Damnwells), Southern FM finds Williams becoming more comfortable as a solo artist and building on the success of his 2013 debut, A Place in the Sun.  “I wanted this record to be different,” Williams says, “so I made the decision to record it far away from home and with people I’ve never worked with before.”  That decision landed him at Nourallah’s Pleasantry Lane Studio in Dallas.  The result is an album that blends Williams’ penchant for hard-hitting acoustic roots rock, Nourallah’s innate knack for pop, and a touch of North Texas-style rock and roll.  Williams will support the new release with a series of short regional tours.   


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                                                   Promo Photo A - Photo by Jen Stackpole

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                                                  Promo Photo B - Photo by Gray Gurkin