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Robert Pete Williams

Although he had been performing since he was a young man, Robert Pete Williams only came into public view during the late '50s, when he was recorded for posterity by the musicologlist Harry Oster at Angola prison in Louisiana, where Williams was serving a life sentence for murder (a crime he claimed was commited in self defense). On the strength of these recordings, Williams eventually received a full pardon in 1964, and began to perform his semi-improvised, artful narratives of prison life at festivals… Show more

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