Take a Ride
Third generation of rock-country royalty, Holly Williams, granddaughter of country icon Hank Williams Sr. and daughter of Hank Williams Jr., releases her third album, The Highway (Georgiana). Produced by Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars), The Highway is eleven songs about the exploration of family (specifically Williams mother’s side), love, and all that flows in between. It should come as no surprise that Williams’ music is rooted deeply in country Americana, it’s in her blood, but Williams also offers elements of electric guitars and keyboards to give a modern spin on traditional country music.
The Highway is as beautiful as it is simple. The songs flow seamlessly and are so lyrically raw that you can’t help but feel connected. Kicking off the album is “Drinkin’” where Williams’ raspy vocals shine over guitar strings before harmonizing vocals follow closely behind. The song slowly builds up to a foot-tapping climax. “Gone Away from Me” is more lyrically somber with just Williams, a guitar, strings and Jackson Browne on backing vocals (what’s not to love?).
Another album highlight is “’Till It Runs Dry” where Williams channels her country roots with guest singer Dierks Bentley. The duo strum a melody to the bass drum and layer it with a tambourine set worthy of dancing around. “A Good Man” slows things back down with Williams starting off a capella, but it’s the overlapping cello that takes the glory in this song.
Williams shines and her way with words is breathtaking. There’s no denying the organic nature of The Highway and the power of her vocals is enticing. The Highway is a country comfort and one that we all can relate to.