Dar Williams

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Documentaries Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

Dorothy Snowden Williams, 19 April 1967, Mount Kisco, New York, USA. Singer-songwriter Dar Williams first gained exposure by playing tiny church halls and cramped coffee houses on the small-town Massachusetts folk circuit. Her debut album, The Honesty Room, was released by Grapevine Records in 1995 and attracted immediate critical acclaim. Billboard magazine featured Williams on its cover and ran a story concerning the ‘redefinition’ of the folk genre. The songs on The Honesty Room which inspired the media glare balanced lyrical poise with musical accessibility. The album was quickly followed by the release of Mortal City in 1996, a collection recorded in her own bedroom and produced by Steven Miller (a Jane Siberry, Marianne Faithfull, Juliana Hatfield and Suzanne Vega collaborator). Some critics noted that Miller’s résumé also quite accurately pinpointed Williams influences, though some of the song titles, such as ‘The Pointless,...

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