How We Helped:Jimmie Lee Williams, part of the Music Maker Relief Foundation since 1995, has received sustenance grants from the organization, and is featured in the book Music Makers: Portraits and Songs from the Roots of America (2004).
More About Jimmie Lee:
Jimmie Lee Williams told George Mitchell back in 1977:
“I was born in 1925, the 28th day of July in Worth County, Georgia. Lived here all my life. Been farming all my life. People used to be a lot more healthy when they was plowing with mules than now with tractors. You just sitting there on that tractor all day and if you know how to drive one you just sit up there and go to sleep. But with that mule you got to be stepping behind him and I always had a fast mule and I had to go to stay up with him. I plowed with mules ever since I was seven years old. I loved it.
I first started playing electric guitar in 1957. Before that I was playing a regular guitar, but they was good guitars. Boy, I played; we had to run people away from the house. When you had a party they stayed up till the break of day. They stayed as long as that guitar stayed there, they wouldn’t go. Oh boy, we had a time. Nobody playing but me and my baby brother. I wish he was here now. Boy, I wish we could play together again.”