There are certain expectations when your grandfather is Hank Williams Sr., and few have walked such a balanced line along a hard-laid genetic trail as Holly Williams. Instead of emulating her roots – or just eschewing them all together – she’s created a unique identity for herself that caters only to her own individuality and not assumption: she’s a blogger with a lovely, whimsical eye, a local business owner who has created one of the most artfully and luxuriously curated clothing shops in Nashville and, most notably, a singer songwriter.
For her newest record, The Highway, Holly decided to go it alone and release the LP on her own imprint, Georgiana Records, and enlist a score of guest vocalist like Jackson Browne (“Gone Away From Me”), Jakob Dylan (“Without You”), Dierks Bentley (“’Til It Runs Dry”) and Gwyneth Paltrow (“Waiting On June”). I adore the subtle moodiness of “Let You Go,” which you can watch her perform here on Jay Leno. The album is easily her best work yet, because it’s unbridled and true: raw when it needs to be, tender when it should be and always based around an innate sense of song craft and storytelling.
Holly will play the Belcourt tonight with the talented Anderson East. To celebrate her sold-out hometown show, we asked Holly to share her Nashville Five…
Holly Williams’ Nashville Five :::
1. Eatery: this is nearly impossible – well, actually it is impossible. Don’t get mad at me, but here are my 5 essential dishes instead of one place!
– City House -Margherita pizza with a fried egg on top
– Burger Up -Woodstock Burger with fried pickles
– Silly Goose -Zipper sandwich with cous cous
– Desano’s Pizzeria -Lasagna pizza with garlic
– Patterson House -Cinnamon sugar doughnuts
2. Shop Home: Ash Blue has the most amazing selection of home, gift and kitchen items. Love their picture frames, their candles, and all of their white porcelain french-inspired dinnerware!
3. Shop Music: Grimey’s! I’ve known Mike Grimes since 2002 when he owned a tiny little shop in Berry Hill and I popped in one day, he introduced me to the brand new hip band at the time-Coldplay. He is always ahead of the game! Not only is Grimey’s a great place to pick up old vinyl and all the great new music but I love playing and watching other bands at the basement. What a killer venue! As a local business owner (H. Audrey), I go out of my way to support local businesses since I know how hard the work is! I will drive so far out of my way to get to the local hardware store and skip Home Depot.
4. Shop Clothing: Yes, I have a heart towards my store (H. Audrey) BUT I love all of the unique choices we have when it comes to shopping. I have no problem driving out to the amazing Haven in Franklin to find that perfect statement necklace for a show, they also have killer scarves and accessories!
5. And my favorite Nashville night-out? The old-school bar at The Hermitage, they make a fab cocktail…
Watch the trailer for The Highway below or purchase it here.