With the name Elbert Williams sounding "so damn hillbilly," in the words of an Ozark pundit, it is actually surprising that it took until the '90s before a hillbilly recording credit showed up under that name. Until then the name was associated with jazz, sort of. Skippy Williams, an excellent tenor saxophonist and clarinetist, fiddled with the first names of Elbert and well as Elmer through his long career.
A mandolinist and singer named Elbert Williams performed in the '90s with Benton Flippen, a fiddler from North Carolina whose name sounds like damage to a windshield wiper. Documentation of this collaboration is included in a collection of Flippen fillips, live and studio, released by Rounder in 1994, Old Time, New Times.