Tomar Williams doesn’t sing the rafter-rattling shack shakers and heart-searing serenades that fill his catalog: He inhabits them.
On funky numbers like “Heart Attack” and “Do You Feel It,” he moves across the stage fluidly, coaxing the crowd into motion with a toe-tapping, shoe-shimmying shuffle and a wide open smile. On the gut-twisting slow burners, he reaches inside and goes deep. This is no flash-in-the-pan romance. Williams belts out melodies with a time-weathered heart so open and raw, so earnest and real, it ignites a beacon of hope for the broken. In a summer marked by disaster and devastation, songs like “Day-By-Day” and “No One Is Alone” are a healing salve for aching souls.
Williams, the 49-year-old frontman of Tomar and the FCs, is Austin’s new king of rock ’n’ soul.
The band is our October Austin360 artist of the month, and they’re performing Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Austin City Limits Music Festival.
Follow Austin360 on Facebook to see the band perform around noon Thursday, Oct. 12 (or watch the replay later).