Williams, who came to the Triangle from Hickory, started the group as a way to meet people interested in Americana and alt-country. The Yahoo group now boasts a membership of over 1,500.
"Go to guitartown.org, it will walk you right through it. There's no money involved," Williams says. "You just join and jump in."
This year, the party's at The Pour House, and the only damage may be to unprotected ears braving the seven-band powerhouse lineup. "We never have a problem finding bands to play," Williams says. "We have the most generous musical community here. Bands all donate their time."
Roby, Terry Anderson's Olympic Ass-Kickin Team and Patty Hurst Shifter are returning G-town vets. "One thing we're gonna miss this year that we've had every year is Chip Robinson," Williams says. "He's moved to New York. We gave him the Guitartown lifetime achievement award last year."
Even though it's a Guitartown function, the public is welcome--with a $6 suggested donation. "After one of our parties, our membership rises," Williams says, "because people feel so welcome."
The Guitartown Holiday Benefit, with Patty Hurst Shifter, OAK Team, Kenny Roby, The Houston Brothers, Joe Swank & The Zen Pirates, Austin Freeman & South of Town, and Brothers Grim, takes over The Pour House on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 5 p.m.