Lamar Williams Jr. is building off the momentum of joining the international funk group The New Mastersounds during their 20th-anniversary tour and the release of their Billboard-charting record ‘Shake It’ in 2019. The son of the late Lamar Williams, who played bass with The Allman Brothers 1972-1976 has released a brand new original solo single “Cold As Ice” available now on Color Red. Succeeding last Friday’s release of “A Brighter Day,” a collaboration series launched by The New Mastersounds that featured renditions of the Eddie Roberts arrangement with vocals crafted by fellow Color Red artists Josh Hoyer and Adryon de Leon, Williams’ version was the capstone interpretation in the series and it was the perfect catapult to set the stage for the eclectic vocalist’s new solo release.
Lamar Williams Jr. ruminates on bringing racial justice to the forefront and breaking generational apathy in “Cold As Ice.” Williams reflects on the blessings and strange curses of the pandemic and the heightened consciousness the time presented to slow down and fight systemic racism. Unlike past eras, this was a time where people from all walks of life and all backgrounds would stand up in the streets and put in actionable work to create changes in an oppression system and amplify the voices of people of color. With the hope that everybody can remain on the same team and continue to put in the work, he imparts a core value of love and its ability to heal, grow, and nurture in every situation. Produced by Eddie Roberts at Color Red Studios in Denver, CO and co-written with Emmy-nominated Nashville songwriter Joshua C.S., Williams is joined by James Dumm on guitar, Casey Russell on organ, Jiho Han on bass, and Will Trask on drums in a heavy funk-rock call for change.
Over the past few months, Williams has been on tour with North Mississippi Allstars, made several appearances with Oteil & Friends, and has been working remotely with Roberts and a variety of collaborators to flesh out a forthcoming solo album set to release in 2022.