Holly Williams takes "The Highway"
Monday, October 15, 2012
– Holly Williams will self-release her third studio album, "The Highway," on Georgiana Records on Feb. 5, 2013.
Co-produced by Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars) and Williams, "The Highway" is the follow-up to 2009's "Here With Me," and her first record as an independent artist. Additionally, the album features guest vocals from Jackson Browne (Gone Away From Me), Jakob Dylan (Without You), Dierks Bentley ('Til It Runs Dry) and Gwyneth Paltrow (Waiting On June).
All songs were either written or co-written by Williams. Writing collaborators include Christopher Coleman (Happy, Let You Go, 'Til It Runs Dry) Lori McKenna (Without You), Sarah Buxton (A Good Man) and Cary Barlowe ('Til It Runs Dry).
The song Drinkin' can be listened to online.
Recorded at The Art House in Nashville, the album was engineered and mixed by Richie Biggs, with additional engineering and mixing by Nick Autry, and Chuck Ainlay.
"I think every artist has their coming of age record," said Williams. "This one definitely feels like mine in that there was such a shift with me through the process of this record. It was completed in exactly nine months to the day, feeling somewhat like a birth. These songs really brought a focus into my life personally. Since the last record, I turned 30, my grandparents are gone, I'm married now, I'm keeping doggies and gardens alive, I have a clothing store, I have a husband on tour with a huge rock band, so there's a lot to keep up with. But the highway came calling, and I suddenly had this serious longing for the road, the fans, the storytelling, and the life in that living. I'm ready to get back to those wheels and play these songs for everyone."
The daughter of Hank Williams, Jr. and granddaughter of Hank Williams, Williams released her debut album "The Ones We Never Knew" (Universal South) in 2004. The follow-up "Here With Me" (Mercury Nashville) was released in 2009.
Williams has a life outside of music as well. She owns H. Audrey, a clothing boutique in Nashville. She also shares her love of food and travel on her blog, The Afternoon Off.
Songs on the CD are:
2. Gone Away From Me
5. The Highway
6. Without You
7. Let You Go
8. Giving Up
9. A Good Man
10. 'Til It Runs Dry
11. Waiting On June
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