Get to Know: Holly Williams

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Let’s get it out of the way– yes, Holly Williams is related to both Hanks. She’s the granddaughter of Hank Williams Sr. and the daughter of Hank Williams Jr. Having that kind of lineage doesn’t guarantee anything in the music business, but when you’re as talented as Holly, you might not even need it.

The singer-songwriter is authentic. Her voice is sweet, but steady and her songs tell stories of family and friends much the way her famous family members before her did. What’s most interesting about her lineage is she didn’t learn to play the guitar until she was 17 and that was mostly under the influence of her step-father.

Williams’ latest album, The Highway, was released in early 2013 and she wrote or co-wrote every song on the album. The album also includes Dierks Bentley, Jakob Dylan, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jackson Browne adding backing harmonies.

Since its release The Highway has been lauded with praise, including the highest compliment from American Songwriter magazine saying, “Even Hank Sr. would be proud.” The New York Times stated “Williams is often closer to songwriters like John Prine or Bruce Springsteen, than the smiley Nashville mainstream.”

Smiley or not, Holly won’t be in her family’s shadow for much longer.

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