The Band

Tomar Williams got his start singing lead and playing various
instruments on the Chitlin Circuit with his family soul band as a
youngster. After establishing himself on the Austin music scene
as a keyboardist in the late 80s and 90s, Tomar and his brother,
Salih, formed the production team “Carnival Beats”. They went
on to produce iconic Hip-Hop tracks for Big Mo “Barre Baby”,
Mike Jones “Still Tippin'”, and many more. Tomar also played
keys in and helped lead the Black Ties, the backing band for
Texas soul singer Latasha Lee.

In 2015, Tomar decided to return to his roots as a frontman and
Tomar and the FCs was born. In October of 2015, the band self
recorded and released their first EP, “Day by Day”. Deborah
Sengupta Stith of the Austin American Statesman selected it as
one of her top releases of the year writing, “Williams shows his
own soul chops with searing vocals that drip with blood, sweat
and tears”.

The band opened 2016 with a NYE show at the historic Austin
Continental Club. They were selected to play an official
showcase at SXSW in March. In June, NPR Music picked Tomar
and the FCs out of hundreds of Austin entries to represent the
city for their Tiny Desk Concert series. The band became
mainstays around the Austin scene with shows at The
Continental Club, The White Horse, Antones, and many more.
The band also built up a solid following throughout Texas with
regular shows in San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas.

“Heart Attack”, the band’s debut album, was released in
November of 2016. It was recorded and mixed at Level One
studio with Grammy winning artist/engineer Adrian Quesada
(Brownout, Grupo Fantasma, and Echocentrics). Sam Harrell of wrote that the album is, “Pure soul, pure energy…
Heart Attack, the single from the band’s latest album of the same
name, is an electric three minute ride of some of the purest
blues/soul we’ve heard lately.” In December, the band was
invited to play a live session before a studio audience for the
KUTX (Austin’s all music NPR affiliate) After Hours series and
record a video of the song “Do You Feel It” for
Tomar and the FCs closed out 2016 with a return to the
Continental Club to headline the NYE show.

In January of 2017, the band was selected as the KUTX Artist of
the Month. The band’s songs were featured daily on the station
and they were guest DJs on air and taped an episode of the
podcast, “This Song”. They were asked to play iconic Austin
record store Waterloo Record’s first in-store performance of
2017. In July, the band released their second video, “Shine Your
Light”. The band has a busy summer and fall scheduled with a
number of festival appearances including Viva Big Bend and
River Revival, all culminating with an appearance at the Austin
City Limits (ACL) music festival in October. They are also hard at
work on their 3rd recording, due out in the Fall.

Tomar Williams – Vocals
David Earl – Organ
Mitch Fischels – Bass
Andy Tenberg – Guitar
Paul Kresowik – Drums