Here with Me

Here with Me

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by Holly Williams
     
 
If it's hard to follow in the footsteps of a famous parent, it must be even tougher to do so when said parent is the offspring of a music legend. Singer/songwriter Holly Williams not only faces the daunting task of standing in the long shadow cast by her father, rough-and-tumble country outlaw Hank Jr., but the even longer shadow cast by the

Overview

If it's hard to follow in the footsteps of a famous parent, it must be even tougher to do so when said parent is the offspring of a music legend. Singer/songwriter Holly Williams not only faces the daunting task of standing in the long shadow cast by her father, rough-and-tumble country outlaw Hank Jr., but the even longer shadow cast by the grandfather she never knew, country progenitor Hank Williams. While most famous offspring are lacking in the talent department and have to lean heavily on their family name, Williams doesn't. The comely singer drips talent on her Mercury Nashville debut, Here with Me. Her music is a pop-Americana hybrid, raw and real while at the same time polished to a beautiful shine. The singer's songs don't even hint at the contrived candyfloss schlock of 21st century Nashville. This is music straight from the gut, via the heart. Williams tackles her parents' divorce on "Mama," a clear-headed cut that gives a nod to the way her mother and father handled their breakup. The poignant "Without Jesus Here with Me," written about a March 2006 automobile accident that nearly took the lives of Williams and her sister Hilary, is a powerful spiritual number. Sparingly decorated with piano, percussion, and weeping steel guitar, the song packs an emotional punch. Other standout tracks include the rattling "Keep the Change," a pointed kiss-off tune, and the vocally stunning "Three Days in Bed," a folk-blues track anchored by a single acoustic guitar and a soul-consuming melody. Forget about long shadows -- Williams steps out into the light on Here with Me and proves she doesn't need to use the family name as a crutch.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/16/2009
Label:
Mercury Nashville
UPC:
0602517963900
catalogNumber:
001254702
Rank:
56704

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Performance Credits

Holly Williams   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar
Gary Burnette   Guitar (Baritone)
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Dan Dugmore   Acoustic Guitar,Steel Guitar
Kenny Greenberg   Guitar
Tony Harrell   Hammond Organ,fender rhodes
Marcus Hummon   Acoustic Guitar,Piano
Doug Lancio   Electric Guitar
Chris McHugh   Drums
Steve Nathan   Keyboards
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Glenn Worf   Bass
Jonathan Yudkin   Fiddle,Mandolin
Caryl Mack Parker   Background Vocals
Gordie Sampson   Piano
Tom Bukovac   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Mark Hill   Bass
Hillary Lindsey   Background Vocals
Sarah Buxton   Background Vocals
James DiGirolamo   Piano
Chris Janson   Harmonica,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Neil Young   Composer
Jeff Balding   Engineer
Marcus Hummon   Composer
Justin Niebank   Producer,Engineer
Drew Bollman   Engineer
Stuart H. Dill   Management
Tom Bukovac   Composer
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Holly Williams   Composer,Producer,Art Direction
Sarah Buxton   Composer
Dave Matthews   Engineer
Luke Laird   Composer
Chris Janson   Composer

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