First of all, we want to give you a HUGE congratulations! This summer you opened for The Rolling Stones at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. Did their music influence you growing up? How did it feel to get the gig and how did it come about?
Ed Williams: Oh man, what a great feeling when we got that call. Obviously, that’s one for the bucket list to be able to play with such legends. A moment I’ll remember for a very long time. Ventilator Blues was one of the first songs I learned to play on the steel.
This is your third time playing LOCKN’. Welcome back! We’re proud to see some of our favorite artists return with such a positive and welcoming response from our fans. How is LOCKN’ different from other festivals that you’ve played? What is it about the LOCKN’ community that feels like home to you?
Ed Williams: LOCKN’ is one of those festivals that is extremely good at getting so much talent in one place, that meld so well together, so you never know what’s going to happen. Everybody sits in with each other and meshes together for a really great experience that we are very happy to be a part of.
You’ll play a set on Friday before Derek Trucks joins Trey Anastasio Band for one of the most anticipated sets of LOCKN’. Are you planning on sticking around to see the magic unfold?
Ed Williams: Of course! They are some of our favorite musicians and it’s always a pleasure when we get to see them play. This was exactly what I was speaking about earlier with all the musicians playing together. It’s going to be a great set I’m sure.