The blues tells a story. Every line

of the blues has a meaning. 

– John Lee Hooker


Among musicians and music lovers alike, it is often said that a musician's feel or groove can make or break a band. With that said, the Tower of Groove also known as James Williams is a powerhouse of feel and taste.

James has shared the stage with such heavyweights as Buddy Guy, Kool & The Gang, Ray Charles, Koko Taylor, and Little Richard to name but a few. As the younger brother of Lamar Williams (bassist for The Allman Brothers Band 1972-1976, and Sea Level) and the son of Lemon M. Williams (a gospel radio regular), music was no stranger to James in his formative years.

In 5th grade, James was given his first musical opportunity on the drums. From there he became fixated on the bass. While his first band was a modest high school project, it didn't take long at all before he was touring with many respectable acts over the coming years. In the early 90's, James became a co-founding member of what is now Root Doctor. And today his playing is nothing less than the essential heartbeat of the formidable Root Doctor sound.




Bass players and drummers are brothers in the basement cooking up the groove that makes people move.                                                                   

Tower of groove