“This is called ‘Looking For Some Time.’ It’s my ode to North Carolina,” he said, followed by an almost embarrassed laugh.
I met Alex Williamson on a cool afternoon in late October 2010. It was just before the start of MoogFest, and the city was swarming with world-class musicians and their crews, all frantically trying to settle in before the madness of that Halloween-fueled festival. He was playing on the corner of Battery Park and Page Avenue in downtown Asheville, a good block from two of the best-established busking hotspots, and I assumed he was from out of town. But he wasn’t. He was a local guy who either hadn’t done enough busking to know where the money spots were.
He told me he was a former UNC-A student, recently returned from a stint in Germany, and that he was busking as a way to “help out” while he looked for a teaching job. This was the only time I ever encountered him on one of my “busk hunts,” and his only appearance on Busk Break to date. I’m not sure if he’s still in town or not, and I wasn’t able to find a current website for him, but some of his older music still survives on his Deb O’Nare MySpace page.