Mission Statement

American Songcatcher is a documentary-style podcast that educates, preserves and connects the cultural heritage of American roots music.


Host & Producer

Nicholas Edward Williams is a multi-instrumentalist, musicologist and storyteller who is dedicated to "playing it forward" by preserving the songs, stories, artists and styles that have shaped our country: Ragtime, Piedmont Blues, Early Country, Traditional Folk and Old-Time. A completely independent DIY artist, he’s opened for Taj Mahal, The Wood Brothers, CAAMP, The Wailers, Dom Flemons, Ballroom Thieves, John Paul White, John Craigie and many other notable artists. Williams has spent the last 15 years touring three continents, performing all around the US, as well as the UK, Western Europe and Australia, blending the roots music spectrum in his own style. Under his previous project, Whetherman, Williams independently released eight revered records from 2007-2018. Under his own name, his critically acclaimed sophomore release from late 2021, Folk Songs For Old Times' Sake has been heralded by well-regarded figures of the roots community such as David Holt, Oliver Wood, Dom Flemons, and JP Harris.