Chet Williamson is a freelance writer who has published nearly 20 books, most of them in the fields of suspense and horror. Among his novels are Ash Wednesday, Soulstorm, Lowland Rider, McKain's Dilemma, Reign, Dreamthorp and The Searchers series. His books have been translated and published in many languages and countries, including France, Germany, Russia, Italy and Japan. His most recent books are Figures in Rain, a collection of his short stories, Pennsylvania Dutch Night Before Christmas, a picture book, and a centennial history of Elizabethtown College.

Nearly a hundred of his short stories have appeared in such magazines as The New Yorker, Playboy, Esquire, Twilight Zone, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and many other magazines and anthologies. He has been a final nominee for the World Fantasy Award and the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award, and a six-time nominee for the Horror Writers Association's Stoker Award.

When he's not writing, Chet can be found either listening to or making music. He plays with Rambles.NET editor Tom Knapp in Fire in the Glen, a Celtic duo, and he loves and collects nearly every kind of music. His long-suffering wife Laurie is good enough to share the house with him and his collection. Their son Colin lives in Tokyo, where he works for Square, developing video games.

Reviews by Chet include:

Beegie Adair
Centennial Composers Collection


Darol Anger
Diary of a Fiddler

The Darol Anger-Mike Marshall Band

Astral Project

The Bailey Brothers & the Happy Valley Boys
Take Me Back to Happy Valley

The Battlefield Band
Out for the Night
Time & Tide

Baucom, Bibey & BlueRidge
Come Along With Me

Leonard Bernstein & Stephen Sondheim
West Side Story

Alan Bibey
In the Blue Room

Norman Blake
Old Ties

Ron Block
Faraway Land

Rory Block
From the Dust
I'm Every Woman

Bluegrass Alliance

Chris Botti & Friends
Night Sessions: Live in Concert

Bob Bovee & Gail Heil
When the Cactus is in Bloom

Paul Brady
The Liberty Tapes

Lenny Breau Trio
Lenny Breau Trio

Alison Brown
Fair Weather

Mason Brown & Chipper Thompson
Am I Born to Die: An Appalachian Songbook

Robin Bullock
Between Earth & Sky

R.L. Burnside
My Black Name A-Ringin'

Sam Bush
Ice Caps: Peaks of Telluride
King of My World

Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater
Reservation Blues

Michael Cleveland
Flame Keeper

Jeff Coffin & Mu'tet

Alice Coltrane
Translinear Light

John Coltrane
The Classic Quartet: Complete Impulse! Studio Recordings

Brian Conway
First Through the Gate

John Cowan
John Cowan

Harry Cox
What Will Become of England?

The Crooked Jades
Seven Sisters: A Kentucky Portrait
The Unfortunate Rake: Vol. 1

Les Daniels & Rick Lee
Dr. Daniels and Mr. Lee

Hazel Dickens
By the Sweat of My Brow
It's Hard to Tell the Singer from the Song

Double Standard String Band

Jerry Douglas & Peter Rowan

Dry Branch Fire Squad
Hand Hewn

Ronnie Earl
Healing Time

David "Honeyboy" Edwards
Don't Mistreat a Fool

Danny Elfman
Red Dragon

Duke Ellington
Black, Brown & Beige
Ellington at Newport 1956 Complete
Such Sweet Thunder

Tommy Emmanuel
Endless Road

Fiddlers 4

Ben Freed
Suite for Bluegrass Banjo

Eugene Friesen
Arms Around You

Front Range
Silent Ground

Lonnie Gasperini
Turn Up the Gas

The Gibson Brothers
Bona Fide

Grand Slam
Live at the Regattabar

Corey Harris
Downhome Sophisticate

John Hartford
Hamilton Ironworks

Ginny Hawker & Tracy Schwarz
Good Songs for Hard Times

Aubrey Haynie
The Bluegrass Fiddle Album

Berline Crary Hickman

Hot Rize
So Long of a Journey

The House Band
October Song

Jim Hurst & Missy Raines

Rob Ickes
Big Time, with Blue Highway
What It Is

Kazuhiro Inaba
Teardrop on a Rose

Irishtown Road

Skip James
I'm So Glad: The Complete 1931 Paramount Recordings

Jim & Jesse
'Tis Sweet to Be Remembered

Richard Leo Johnson

Bessie Jones
Put Your Hand on Your Hip

Jones & Leva
Vertie's Dream

Kathy Kallick
My Mother's Voice

Mike Katz
A Month of Sundays

Geoffrey Keezer
Sublime: Honoring the Music of Hank Jones

Pat Kilbride
Nightingale Lane

Alison Krauss & Union Station

Bruce "Creeper" Kurnow

Sonny Landreth
Levee Town

Roger Lasley
Dinner on the Ground
Duck & Let the Wave Go By
What Cheer Road

Jim Lauderdale
Lost in the Lonesome Pines, with Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys

Stevie Lawrence
Standing Alone

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Gospel Parade
The Hard Game of Love
Just Over in Heaven
Thank God

James Leva
Memory Theatre

The Lilly Brothers & Don Stover
On the Radio 1952-1953

Lonesome River Band
Talkin' to Myself

Johnny Mandel & Gerry Mulligan's Jazz Combo
I Want to Live

Sherrie Maricle & Diva
I Believe in You

Mike Marshall & Chris Thile
Into the Cauldron

Mary McCandless
Lipstick Legend
Mary Christmas

Del McCoury
High Lonesome & Blue

The Del McCoury Band
The Family

Ronnie McCoury
Heartbreak Town

Rex McGee
24 Creations for Solo Banjo

Tony McManus
Ceol More

Mark McNeil
Reporter's Notebook

Joe McPartland
Songs o' Bonnie Scotland

Jesse McReynolds & the Virginia Boys
New Horizons

Brad Mehldau
Elegiac Cycle

Ian Melrose
A Scottish Legacy

Jim Mills
My Dixie Home

Bruce Molsky
Poor Man's Troubles

Bill Monroe
Live from Mountain Stage
Live: Volume 1, with the Blue Grass Boys

The Monroe Brothers
What Would You Give in Exchange for Your Soul?

Little Brother Montgomery
No Special Rider

Lynn Morris
You'll Never Be the Sun

Nashville Bluegrass Band
Twenty Year Blues


New Lost City Ramblers
40 Years of Concert Performances

Nickel Creek
This Side

Robert Nighthawk
Live on Maxwell Street 1964

Mollie O'Brien
Things I Gave Away

Tim O'Brien
The Crossing
Fiddler's Green

Kotaro Oshio
Starting Point

Tommy O'Sullivan

Dolly Parton
Halos & Horns
Little Sparrow

Phillips, Grier & Flinner
Looking Back

Dirk Powell
Hand Me Down
Songs from the Mountain, with Tom O'Brien & John Herrmann

James Reams & the Barnstormers

The Reese Project
Blue Etude

Alan Reid & Rob van Sante
Under the Blue

Harvey Reid
Guitar Voyages

Rice, Rice, Hillman & Pedersen
Running Wild

Bonnie Rideout
Scottish Reflections

Riders in the Sky
Christmas the Cowboy Way

Tommy Sands
To Shorten the Winter: An Irish Christmas

Seldom Scene
Scene It All

George Shuffler & James Alan Shelton
The Legacy Continues

Kim Sinh
Music from Vietnam #4: The Artistry of Kim Sinh

Ricky Skaggs
Ancient Tones

Ron Spears & Within Tradition
Grandpa Loved the Carolina Mountains

Terry Strongheart Band

Subject to Change
Live at the Landon Gallery

Susquehanna Ensemble
Conversations: Music by Thomas Reese

Bryan Sutton
Bluegrass Guitar

Sweetwater Reunion
Almost Bluegrass

IIIrd Time Out
Back to the Mac

Tom, Brad & Alice
We'll Die in the Pig Pen Fighting

Jack Tottle
The Bluegrass Sound

Tony Trischka Band
New Deal

Tony Trischka, Bill Keith, Bela Fleck
Fiddle Tunes for Banjo

Uncle Cuckleburr's Champion Possum Carvers
The Ozark Sheiks

various artists
Afro-American Folk Music from Tate and Panola Counties, Mississippi
Alan Lomax: Blues Songbook
Allons en Louisiane
The Art of Old-Time Mountain Music
Ballads & Songs of Tradition
Black British Swing
Bluegrass Mandolin Extravaganza
Blues on Blonde on Blonde
Blues Power: Songs of Eric Clapton
Box of the Blues
Carolan's Gift: A Tribute to the Legendary Irish Bard
Catfish Blues: Mississippi Blues Vol. 3 (1936-1942)
The Cowboy Tour
Dancing with the Dead: The Music of Global Death Rites
Deep River of Song: Alabama/Georgia
Deep River of Song: Big Brazos
Deep River of Song: Louisiana
Gaelic Voices
Jazz Live from New York
Keep It Rollin': The Blues Piano Collection
The Land Where the Blues Began
Negro Work Songs and Calls
North American Traditions: The Art of Traditional Fiddle
Orbitones, Spoon Harps & Bellowphones: Experimental Musical Instruments
Ozark Folksongs
Pickin' on Dylan
The Rough Guide to the Music of the Appalachians
Safe House
Six Strings North of the Border, Vol. 2
Transatlantic Sessions
The Very Best of Japanese Music
When the Sun Goes Down, Vol. 10: East Virginia Blues
When the Sun Goes Down, Vol. 11: Sacred Roots of the Blues

Charlie Waller & the Country Gentlemen
Songs of the American Spirit

Muddy Waters
Library of Congress Recordings (1941-1942)/Early Commercial Recordings (1946-1950)

Sean Watkins
Let It Fall

The Wayfaring Strangers
Shifting Sands of Time

Kevin Welch
Beneath My Wheels

Josh White & the Golden Gate Quartet

The Roland White Band
Jelly on My Tofu

Claude "Fiddler" Williams
Swingin' the Blues

Gerald Wilson Orchestra
New York, New Sound

Nancy Wilson
R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal)

Paul Winter & the Earth Band
Journey With the Sun

Paul Winter Consort
Solstice Gems

Hans Zimmer
The Last Samurai

Richard Crawford
America's Musical Life: A History

Wayne Erbsen
Rural Roots of Bluegrass: Songs, Stories & History

Ian Fleming
Casino Royale

Carol Gnojewski & Davis Bromwell, editors
Decadence: 300 Years of Japanese Fetish Art

C.P. Lee
Like the Night (Revisited): Bob Dylan & the Road to the Manchester Free Trade Hall

William Lindsay Gresham & Spain Rodriguez
Nightmare Alley

Richard A. Lupoff
The Great American Paperback: An Illustrated Tribute to Legends of the Book

Alexander Theroux
The Strange Case of Edward Gorey

Andrew Vachss
Dead & Gone
Down Here
The Getaway Man
Only Child
Two Trains Running

Fred von Bernewitz & Grant Geissman
Tales of Terror: The EC Companion

Robert Weinberg
Horror of the 20th Century: An Illustrated History

Richard Wilbur
Collected Poems: 1943-2004

The Complete Crumb Comics: Vol. 5

Krazy & Ignatz: 1933-34, Necromancy by the Blue Bean Bush

Bela Fleck (performance review)

Battlefield Earth


Red Dragon

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

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