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DC area artist Bill Williams, whom you may have previously seen in the capitol area with such bands as Last Train Home, Kevin Johnson and the Linemen and The Grandsons, recently released his first solo effort. The album titled Handful is a collection of 13 songs of roots soaked americana. Joining him on this journey are friends and DC-area veterans like Scott McKnight, Tony Flagg (bass), Steve Woerle (drums), Chris Watling (saxophone, accordion), Dave Van Allen (pedal steel) and Shannon Brown (harmony vocals). You’ve heard me mention Dave Van Allen before who is Last Train Home’s go to pedal steel guy and likely the best pedal steel musician you’ll hear in this area. I give Williams a ton of credit for surrounding himself with this talented crew.
Handful opens with “Helen” a catchy tune with humorous lyrics like “Helen, she’s not that beautiful but you know how rumors spread / She’s been in everyone’s bed”. “Beautiful Dreamer”, the second track is a Stephen Foster penned song. I’m guessing this song takes second position to both set the tone for the album and to recognize Williams as a student of early American songwriting. “Sentimental Values” is perhaps the most memorable song on the album due to the colorful instrumentation and beautiful harmony over sweet lyrics. The most rockinist song on the album and of course my favorite is “Soup du Jour”, reminiscent of something you’d hear from Elvis Costello and The Attractions or The Replacements. While I think the album is a great first solo effort, “Soup du Jour” is the song that I’d like to hear 12 more of.
“Soup d Jour”
When not doing the solo thing, you can hear Bill Williams play around with One Horse Town and Little Pink. He’s at willbilliams.com and on MySpace and you can find “Handful” at CDBAby, Amazon and iTunes.
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As a means of sharing the music of Bill Williams more closely with you, I’m giving my promo copy of “Handful” away to one lucky winner selected randomly. To win, simply leave a comment and tell us your favorite DC-area artist or band of all time. Contest ends Thursday, 11/15/07 at midnight EST.
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