"Williams works magic." Newsweek
"...sounds like Tom Waits sitting in with the Squirrel Nut Zippers." - Jon Solomon, Westword Magazine
"Cradle to the Grave" from Emmy winning songwriter David Williams and his band, David Williams' Trickster Carousel, is a rollicking swing number that explores the humorous aspects of the life/death cycle. At the intersection of gypsy jazz and jump blues, this tune features Williams' wonderful Django influenced guitar licks, as well as clarinet and sax taking turns in the solo section. The real treat here is the vocal styling. The interplay between Williams' gravelly, road worn voice and his duet partner Ashlynn Manning is nothing short of outstanding... There's so much to love about this track! Fantastic production, instruments and voices are well recorded without sacrificing any of their acoustic character... Solo sections are hot."
- Steven Azami, radioairplay.com
"Swing still has its fans and dedicated practitioners. David Williams’ Trickster Carousel is among the best to take this approach. Their music favours the members’ undeniable musical talents and an eagerness to dig into the eerie, quirky subject matter. Cradle to the Grave is a good single and a good entry point if you want to know more about the thriving swing-re-revival scene." - Alt77.com Alternative Music Blog
“You will be knocked out by Williams. . . reminiscent of Ry Cooder and Leon Redbone--terrific.”
The Chicago Sun Times
“David Williams hits you like high beams from a big rig. . . . the record [Route 66] is about more than an old road.”
The Chicago Sun Times
"Nashville resident, outstanding poet and gifted singer/songwriter Williams is a genius. Each song is pristine and magical as it brings you in . . . ." Nashville Music Guide
“There are few artists, as performer and writer, who can synthesize the core elements of a specific influence and make it their own. In college, that was a skill we were encouraged to develop. David Williams does it with ease on Django Jazz — a collection of songs centered around the style and writing of Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli, that extends itself into the trad sounds of Billie Mayhew, Fats Waller and others. David’s quartet not only understands the core imagery and emotionalism that exists in the songs, they infuse a modernity that doesn’t sound like just plain stylizing for the sake of style. It simply sounds real — whether covering a classic, or performing an original. One of my favorite and most aired releases from 2007 on The Colorado Sound.”
Chris ‘goat’ K. – Host of the Colorado Sound on KRFC, 88.9FM: Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!
“I’ve seen a lot of singer-songwriters pass through over the years; most of them quickly forgotten. But every once in awhile, someone rises up with a real talent for lyrics, and such a talent is David Williams.”Come For To Sing
“It’s as though Williams has peeled off a chunk of worn asphalt from the “old road” like it was a genuine slice of life, and treated it with the loving attention of a museum curator in order to preserve it for as long as possible.”
Jefferson County Journal—Tennessee.
“His songwriting has that same, wonderful sense of the bizarre [as Gorka]. Like Gorka, he even writes great songs about cows and pigs. This is the definitive animal song tape. . . this tape is a gem!”