Music preview: Holly Williams replicates her family members’ talent, but not their sound

By Columbus Alive
From the May 30, 2013 edition

Holly Williams hails from that Williams family; her grandfather is Hank and her father is Hank Jr.

Rather than recycle Opry sounds or Monday Night Football badass anthems, she sounds like a product of her time, but unlike her brother Hank III’s country punk, Williams opts for a relatively straight-laced take on today’s Nashville singer-songwriter style.

Her tweaks to tradition exist outside the music: Her latest album, The Highway, is self-released on her own Georgiana Records, and she runs a fashion boutique and a lifestyle blog on the side.

As for the music, just because it’s safe doesn’t mean it isn’t sound. With producer Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars) and a slew of famous friends (Jackson Browne, Jakob Dylan, even Gwyneth Paltrow), Williams breathes vitality into emotional Americana ballads that could have easily come off tired in the wrong hands.

Sunday, she’ll do it in an early show at Rumba.

Kristine Barlowe photo