If You Go
• What: Singer-songwriter Holly Williams
• When: 8 p.m. Sunday, April 13
• Where: The Red Clay Theatre, 3116 Main St., Duluth
• Cost: $18 in advance, $20 at the door
• For more information Visit eddieowenpresents... and hollywilliams.com
Holly Williams has found her voice as a singer-songwriter and is ready to share her new outlook with the world.
On her tour to promote her latest album, “The Highway,” she will make a stop at Eddie Owen Presents at the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth.
“We’re gonna do a trio show. I love that theatre, it’s a great listening room,” Williams said of the venue. “My husband will play guitar and stompbox and my upright bassist will be with us. I love the baby grand there, (because) I get to play piano on that.”
Williams had to find her own path in the music industry to avoid comparisons to her famous father and grandfather, Hank Williams Jr. and Hank Williams Sr. She chose to release her latest album on her own independent label Georgiana Records so that she could step outside the rules of country music and carve her own path.
There has been a great deal for Holly to learn from and experience in her time as a musician. In 2006, she was involved in a near-fatal car accident with her sister that left her wondering if she would ever play guitar again, but only three years later she released her critically acclaimed second album, “Here With Me.” Between that album and recording her latest, she married fellow musician and collaborator Chris Coleman.
“This was my coming of age record. Some artists figure out when they’re really young, for me it took a really long time to find my voice as an artist,” she said. “Jackson Browne wrote some of my favorite songs of his when he was 16. It (took me) years of touring, years of major labels and a lot of experience. (‘The Highway’) was the first time I really knew who I was as a songwriter and performer.”
In addition to loving the Red Clay Theatre, Georgia serves as a home away from home for Williams as well. Her husband’s family lives near Athens and the two use that space to get away.
“It’s definitely our resting place whenever we’re on tour. His parents live in an old farmhouse in the country about 10 minutes from Athens. It’s one of my favorite places to get away,” she said. “I also love to go up into the Georgia mountains and write.”
The singer-songwriter looks forward to her show at the Red Clay Theatre and can’t wait to come back and perform for Gwinnett again.
“It’s such a great town so I want to come back,” she said. “I love being there.”