JASON D WILLIAMS & HILLBILLY CASINO'S

Holiday Humdinger

The Northern Lights Theater 1721 W Canal Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53233
Price: $25/$20

Thursday, December 15 at 8 p.m.

The rock ‘n’ roll roots of Memphis looms large in Jason's world. After decades of being celebrated for his take-no-prisoners approach to performing country and rock ‘n’ roll penned by others, Jason D. Williams continues to rock stages around the world.

When Jason turned 16, he left his tiny hometown of El Dorado, AR, to perform with LaBeef, who had set up a base of operations in northeast Massachusetts. But after years of play and travel with Labeef, Jason went solo in the late 1980s. The icon eventually found a steady home at Mallards in the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN, when a snowstorm stranded him a few steps from the Peabody door. The rest, as they say, is history.

After several years, he left after signing with RCA, which released his first album, Tore Up and stayed on the road after Sun Records issued Wild in 1993. The iconic Don’t Get None Onya’, released in 2004, captured the power of his blend of honky-tonk country and Memphis rock ‘n’ roll. The following albums, Rockin'Killer Instincts and Recycled soon followed. Today, Williams is hard at work developing a new album. 

A wild man onstage, Jason accredits influences like Jerry Lee Lewis, Moon Mullican, Memphis Slim and Al Jolson for helping to develop his vast repertoire and seemingly endless energy. “I’ve always welcomed the comparisons; my influences were some of the greatest entertainers ever to be seen.” Jason continues to tour more than 160 shows a year.

As for his counterpart, Hillbilly Casino, the journey has been just as exciting…

Since 2005, Hillbilly Casino has been an anchor of Nashville’s underground roots music community. Booking their own local shows, touring across the US and Europe with acts as diverse as Brian Setzer, Rancid and Yelawolf, and releasing their own records, The Hillbilly Casino took the best of the do-it-yourself work ethic from the punk scene and applied it to their very own brand of American music.

Drawing inspiration from early rock and roll and blues to punk and metal the talented quartet has created an unforgettable sound and attitude. Featuring former members of Brian Setzer’s Nashvillains, BR549 and the Blue Moon Boys, Hillbilly Casino has a pedigree that comes through in their writing and live performance shows that blow away audiences around the world.