But, despite the challenges he faced, the young musician worked hard to turn his dreams into a reality.
Williams, an honors graduate from East Tennessee State University, holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting. He minored in bluegrass.
And on Saturday, Williams, along with his band, will take the stage at the Carter Family Fold for a bluegrass music concert.
Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
Admission is $10 for adults; $1 for children ages 6 to 11; and free for children younger than 6.
Williams’ interest in music began when he was just a year old. His first instrument was a keyboard his grandfather gave him. Williams was playing it by the age of 4.
When he was 5, Williams started taking classical piano lessons, playing by ear. When he was 6, an uncle, who was a guitar picker, introduced Williams to bluegrass.
Williams’ uncle took him to his very first bluegrass festival. It was there that Williams met bluegrass great Alison Krauss. His interest in bluegrass then kicked into high gear.
Williams honed his vocal skills by listening to CDs of his favorite artists, and, by the age of 17, he was participating in jams and became part of the Hocking Valley Bluegrass Boys. When he turned 18, he developed an interest in guitar and mandolin.
In 2006, he joined the ETSU bluegrass program, graduating in 2011.
Through the years, Williams has continued to study and perform every chance he gets, using these performances to refine his skills. He has performed with Tony Rice, Lonesome River Band and Balsam Range.
For more information about Williams, visit http://www.tylerwilliamsband.com/.
For recorded information on shows coming up at the Carter Family Fold, call (276) 386-6054.
To speak to a Fold staff member, call (276) 594-0676.