American singer-songwriter Dar Willams heads to Band on the Wall on the back of her ninth album, Emerald
Every new album from Dar Williams represents her thoughts and feelings about both her own life and larger forces in the world. But her new record, Emerald, marks a particularly dramatic confluence between her experiences and broader contemporary culture—and what it means to be a songwriter at this moment in history. A scan of Emerald’s credits reveals the strength of her bonds in the music community. Recorded in Nashville; Los Angeles; Philadelphia; Beacon, New York; and Weehawken, New Jersey, the album features a remarkable list of guest musicians and co-writers, including guitar virtuoso Richard Thompson, Jim Lauderdale, Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman of the Hooters, and Suzzy and Lucy Wainwright Roche.
”Dar Williams is a songwriter of immense talent and her new album, Emerald, is a work of real depth. From the powerful opening song about staying strong in adversity (Something To Get Through) to the mordant Mad River, this is a work of mature and thoughtful songwriting.” – The Telegraph
‘Dar Williams, one of America’s very best singer-songwriters… Her songs are beautiful. Some are like finely crafted short stories. They are, variously, devastatingly moving, tenderly funny, subtle without being in any way inaccessible, and utterly fresh—not a cliché or a clunker in her entire songbook.’ The New Yorker