Over the summer, CoS brought you an intimate interview and performance with alt-folkers Thao and the Get Down Stay Down as part of McDonald’s Festival Fever campaign. Now comes another exclusive with a different connection to the Americana tradition: country-leaning legacy heir, Holly Williams.
The confident Williams, daughter of Henry Williams, Jr and granddaughter of country music founder Hank Williams, Sr, discussed her namesake’s heritage and how she maintains her own image. She also spoke of the highs and lows of owning and operating her own independent label; festival shows versus “song-writer room” performances; and her Nashville boutique, The Hill Center.
Later, Williams sat next to her strumming partner to deliver an exclusive rendition of her doleful single, “Drinkin'”. Plucking out her autographed Gibson guitar, Williams cinches her voice around the jagged corners of country mourning, breaking at all the right edges to impart the whiskey-drowned sorrow of the tune. Eyes closed throughout, she reaches inside for some personal pain to give the song all-too real ache.