Williams takes to The Highway
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
– Holly Williams will take "The Highway" in support of her self-released third studio album due Feb. 5 on her own imprint, Georgiana Records.
Kicking off the first leg of her U.S. tour at New York's Joe's Pub on Jan. 24, Williams will also play Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles on Feb. 6 and the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville on Feb. 12.
"The Highway," said Williams, "is my personal favorite track on the record. I was pulling up to the gas station, and I started singing the chorus (came out of nowhere, prayers answered!). I went home and grabbed my guitar, I was so thrilled about this lyric because it was exactly where my longing has been. This came from a very personal place. Recently I've begun to really miss the road."
Recorded at The Art House in Nashville, "The Highway" was produced by Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars) co-produced by Williams, and engineered and mixed by Richie Biggs, with additional engineering and mixing by Nick Autry and Chuck Ainlay. Featuring 11 original compositions written or co-written by Williams, the album includes 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).
The daughter of Hank Williams, Jr. and granddaughter of Hank Williams, Holly released her debut album, "The Ones We Never Knew" (Universal South), in 2004 and the follow-up "Here With Me" (Mercury Nashville) in 2009. Williams also owns H. Audrey, a clothing boutique in Nashville.
Tour dates are:
Jan. 24 Joe's Pub New York, NY
Feb. 6 Hotel Cafe Los Angeles, CA
Feb. 12 Belcourt Theatre Nashville, TN
Feb. 14 Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL *
Feb. 15 Van Wezel Sarasota, FL *
Feb. 17 Philharmonic PAC Naples, FL *
Feb. 18 Kravis PAC West Palm, FL *
Feb. 21 Red Clay Duluth, GA
Feb. 22 WorkPlay Theatre Birmingham, AL
* with Sheryl Crow
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