Emmy winning songwriter David Williams' "songs are full of interesting characters, in settings ranging from roadside diners to the crowded streets of Chicago to a barren farm in the middle of nowhere, all connected by this trail of tarmac. It’s a mix of styles: blues, folk, rockabilly, all complemented by Williams’ warm, rich vocals." Chicago Sun Times
David captures the American people and the land in songs that range from humorous to poignant, insightful works that go far beyond glamor and pop.
In the vein of literary songwriters like John Prine, Randy Newman, Tom Waits, & Leonard Cohen, David's songs range from gypsy jazz to blues, americana to rock. David plays guitar, violin, mandolin, and is known for his virtuoso instrumentals in gypsy jazz, blues, and bluegrass. His animated nature songs from PBS have had a billion hits on YouTube and have been used worldwide to help save what's left of wildlife and the natural world.
"Outstanding poet and gifted singer/songwriter Williams is genius when it comes to delivery. Each song is pristine and magical." NASHVILLE MUSIC GUIDE.
"Williams works magic," NEWSWEEK
Steve Balgooyen (Drums, Background Vocals) hails from the rural northeast, where he practiced drums in a barn and studied jazz performance at the University of Maine before pursuing a degree in Theatre and moving to Austin, TX in 1995. While in Austin, he enjoyed a residency at The Continental Club and toured the midwest with The Barkers ("Best New Band," SXSW 2000) before moving to Colorado to start a family in 2004.
In 2014, Steve won a scholarship from Gretsch Drums to study with world class drummer Stanton Moore in New Orleans. He has since gone back to the Crescent City several times to study with Stanton and other legendary New Orleans drummers such as Johnny Vidacovich and Shannon Powell. As an active member of the Stanton Moore Drum Academy, Steve has been lucky enough to perform publicly with funk pioneers George Porter Jr and Leo Nocentelli of The Meters--as well as major New Orleans musicians David Torkanowsky, Ivan Neville, Nick Daniels III, and Robert Mercurio.
In the recent past Steve has also played with the folk band Idlewhile, alt-country rockers The Wyatts, and The Rents--a classic rock band--for an annual benefit at eTown.
Along with Trickster Carousel, Steve currently plays in the greater Boulder/Denver area with The Rampart Street Stompers, a traditional New Orleans style brass band.