Wednesday night, February 6th, singer/songwriter Holly Williams took the stage at Hollywood’s quaint The Hotel Cafe. Her new album, “The Highway,” was released February 5th and this show perfectly showcased her new material. Holly’s set started at 7pm and she played song after song until 7:45. The room was packed and the captivated audience was very receptive to Holly’s heartfelt songs.
The stage was small, but filled with talented musicians such as Chris Coleman on guitar (Holly’s Husband) Annie Clements on Bass and Ian Fitchuk on drums. Holly played the guitar and also sat down at the piano for the song “Without You” which she wrote about and dedicated to her husband. Holly has a unique way of immediately connecting with an audience. When she sings it you feel it. Her songs are her stories and you feel her emotion as she delivers each note. The song “Waiting on June” is a beautiful love story about her grandparents. Hearing it live gave the song even more life than hearing the recording. Holly also played “’Til It Runs Dry,” “The Highway” and “Drinkin’,” amongst others.
Hearing Holly live was definitely memorable. Her voice is delightfully unique with a perfect tinge of rasp and vulnerability. On all of the songs her vocals were spot on and some of my favorite moments were the harmonies she shared with her husband Chris. Their chemistry on stage added to the authentic feel of the show. So many concerts have big theatrics and yes, those can be fun. However, Holly Williams demonstrated that when you have a great voice, solid songs, and a few good musicians on hand you could put on a show that leaves a lasting impression. If you ever get the chance to see Holly live be sure to jump at the opportunity. Until then, be sure to check out her album “The Highway” which is available now on iTunes!
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