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Warner Williams, a Piedmont blues songster from Gaithersburg, Maryland, accepts his 2011 NEA National Heritage Fellowship award from NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman.

Warner Williams, a Piedmont blues songster from Gaithersburg, Maryland, accepts his 2011 NEA National Heritage Fellowship award from NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. At the ceremony, Rocco Landesman said, "A master songster who performs an eclectic range of music, from blues to country to popular tunes, Warner Williams is a carrier of the Piedmont style of guitar playing representative of the blues music of the southeastern United States. As a performer, Williams is as comfortable playing on a street corner as on a concert stage, and simply refers to himself as "Guitar Man." Photo by Tom Pich