Press | Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo


“10:49 is the second self-released album from Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo, and if you sit down and listen to the band’s two CDs back-to-back, you can directly hear the growth that their music and lives have experienced. On the strength of their debut It Ain’t Easy, the band has landed substantial gigs, headlined festivals, gone out on countless tour dates, and appeared on a host of television and radio programs. The band should be gearing up to do it all over again, because the new CD is phenomenal…”

-Fulltime Blues-

“Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo prove that the magic and the mystery of their work are simply waiting to be discovered nationwide. They’re eclectic, they’re electric, and they’re energetic!”

-Blues Blast Magazine-2011

“American Blues Scene-Top Five Blues Artist 13 weeks in a row…..”

-American Blues Scene- 2012-

“10:49″ Voted to TOP 10 ALBUMS of the Year (2011)”

-The Isthmus Newspaper-

“10:49 is a release that is definitely worth a listen. Williams has a stellar voice and plays a mean guitar. The boys all write well and play well. It is hard to believe that it is only a trio at heart. So, be careful. The voodoo of the Hoodoo may put a spell on you.”

-The Ripple Effect-

“Williams, Shackelford and Z bring plenty of youthful energy to the stage – and have managed to capture much of that exuberance on this recording. They have won numerous MAMA awards (Madison Area Music Awards) including top honors as the 2010 Artist of Year, a testament to the loyal fan base the band has built up their hometown. Don’t let this one slip by – give Aaron Williams & the Hoodoo a chance to rock your world!!”

Mark Thompson- Crossroads Blues Society-

“A little classic, dirty blues, a little Black Crowes on speed and a little rockabilly. Our Pulse Pick of the week!”

-Pulse Magazine-Murfreesboro, TN

“Compared to early George Thorogood, Williams & The Hoodoo have all the fire and swagger of the slide guitarist in his younger days, but with more finesse and way more versatility.”

-365 Ink-

“Singer-guitarist Aaron Williams and his band The Hoodoo have just released their sophomore effort, “10:49,” a clever and eclectic set of nine originals that run the blues gamut from some deep, Mississippi hill-country stomps, down-to-the-delta rave-ups, and even some “Delaware Slide”-era Thorogood.”

-Nashville Blues Society-

“Sophmore Jinx? With their new CD 10:49, Aaron Williams & The Hoodoo prove that phrase is just a myth! From the opening track “Boom Boom” to the sentimental ode to Cadillac Joe (Aaron’s dad) to the rowdy Devil’s Playground and every track in between, this cd means business. Ten tracks that will propel this power trio right into the midst of the blues greats. This CD is a must have for any blues lover, from the serious blues junkie to the new blues listener, 10:49 will thrill them all.”

-Kevin Hardy- Music Director, KCOR-

“If fast paced rockin’ blues – the kind you can get out on the floor and dance yourself into a frenzy with – is your bag, then you’ve got to hear DRINKING BLUES by Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo. I was shocked that this was just a trio. Damn, Aaron Williams, Eric Shackelford and Z tear it up on guitar, drums and bass.”

-Peter “Blewzzman” Lauro- Mary 4 Music-

“After hearing the first three songs on the It Ain’t Easy CD by Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo, I said to myself, these guys deserve a major record deal.”

-Ron Hoerter- Producer & GNBS-


“It’s almost if they were born older and have already worked out the growing pains. For a three man band they pack a punch that will knock you out!”

-Tim O’ Brien- O’Brien News Service-

WAMI Nomination for BEST BLUES BAND- 2010 and 2011

“It Ain’t Easy” Named Blues/Rock ALBUM of the Year

-Real Blues Magazine

“A mystical hoodoo spell drifts among Midwest bars and clubs; one of funk, blues and rock and roll: AARON WILLIAMS AND THE HOODOO. . . . Prepare for the next wave of dizzying rattle of drums and intoxicating hum of blues guitars.”

-Josh Miller- Maximum Ink-

Isthmus Newspaper “Madison’s Favorites” 2008, 2009, 2010

“Aaron and his crew know what it means to rock the blues, no doubt about that. With tasty guitar licks and deep grooves those guys can make a dead man move.”

-Przemek Draheim, Radio Sfera, Ciechocinek, Poland

“It Ain’t Easy” our Top Indpendent Release of 2009.

-Real Blues Magazine-

“Hard driving distorted guitar riffs….combined with ferious shredding axe and gritty, just as ferious lyrics. It doesn’t take long to figure out this isn’t your grandpa’s blues act.”

-City Pages-

“The driving guitar and beat are the hallmarks of these rocking rocking blues lads. William’s guitar licks are sweltering and the groove backing it makes your heart pump quickly…it’s non stop action; the remaining tracks are equally hot and are just as fun as the others.”

-Blues Blast Magazine-

“Blues rock god’s Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo. Aaron Williams- with his extraordinarily powerful voice and stage presence and cosmic drummer Eric Shackelford…”

-Toledo City Paper-

“Aaron Williams and his mastery of the guitar…made it hard to look away from the stage. Williams oozed cool and talent and made it impossible not to focus 100% of your whole being stage front.”

-Rob Kosmeder- Americana Gazette-

“I was blown away that night, these guy’s woke the dead…absolutely electrifying!”

-John McHenry- Blues 101-

“You guy’s are the tighest, brightest band I’ve heard in a long time.”

-Uncle Jack KSSS Rock 101- Bismarck, ND

“Kid, you got a real future in this business. Keep it up!”<

-Coco Montoya- International Blues Recording Artist

“These guys are national caliber act all the way. Watch out for these guys!”

-Steamer Productions-

“Aaron Williams on guitar, and he’s a huge presence here, playing with a fluid finess that belies his youth. Favoring a lean, clean sound his solo’s are sly and slinky, bursting with ferocious jabs and explosive flurries. He also displays a mature intelligence in his comping behind Joe. I hear a lot of Ronnie Earl in his playing already….Aaron has a future.”

-John Taylor- Blues on Stage