As the granddaughter of Hank Williams and daughter of Hank Jr., Holly Williams has the concurrent blessing and burden of making her way through a music scene where her family has been some of the most influential players on the scene. On the one hand, she possesses the Williams family twang, the raw and gritty vocal tone, and the tendency to tell the hard truth in her songs. But, unlike her dad and half-brother Hank III, Holly Williams has taken her sound further and further from country music's mainstream, verging now on traditionally infused folk and roots music instead of the pop-tinged hooks pouring out of Music Row. (To be fair, Hank III is more on the outlaw side of country than the radio-friendly mainstream.)
The Highway, then, is an outstanding collection of heartbreaking story-songs, likely to pique the interest of fans of Lucinda Williams, Hayes Carll, Justin Townes Earle, and other like-minded Americana singer-songwriters. Check out my full review of Holly Williams' The Highway or learn more about Williams with this introductory bio and profile.