Holly Williams Credits ‘Great Fans’ for Keeping Her Career Going
Holly Williams is hard at work on a new album, and she credits her loyal fans with inspiring her to keep making new music in spite of the changing trends in the country genre.
"I do have great fans," Williams boasts to The Boot. "I think about that a lot, and I think it’s because I’ve never been played on the radio. I’m too folk for country, and I’m too country for folk, and all these things, so people really have to find me, and I think when people really have to search you out and hear about you, they stick with you so much.
"I may only be doing 300-, 400-seat places, but they’re beautiful theaters," she continues, "and it’s pin-drop-quiet fans, and they know every word, so it’s really fulfilling."
The daughter of Hank Williams Jr. last released a record, the critically acclaimed The Highway, in 2013. She says that she has been working with well-known producer Dave Cobb on her new project for several months and is hoping for an early 2016 release.
"We started it in February. I’ve been writing this summer and on tour a lot, so that kind of pushed it back," Williams explains. "... [Dave Cobb] is incredible."
In September, Williams helped honor Eric Church at the 2015 ACM Honors, and although the 34-year-old has performed in sold-out venues all across the globe, she admits that playing in her hometown made her more than a little nervous.
"It [felt] like an amazing honor, a lot of pressure in a good way," she says. "I think that we’re so used to playing for fans, and as musicians, it’s so amazing to get to play for your peers and to get to play for the people who make this whole business work -- the songwriters and the musicians and the producers and the guitar players."
Information on Williams' upcoming shows is available on her website.