Holly Williams - The Highway

Having a famous surname can be either a blessing or a curse. Just ask Jakob Dylan. So it's a touch ironic that Dylan is one of a number of famous names lending vocal backing to The Highway (February 5), the fine third album from Nashville singer/songwriter Holly Williams, daughter of Hank Williams Jr. and granddaughter of, well, you get the picture. Produced by Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars), The Highway proves that Williams has been blessed with a good long dip in the musical gene pool. Bridging traditional country and the more contemporary Music City mix of alt-country, Americana and folk/rock, these eleven songs, co-written with the likes of Lori McKenna, hubby/drummer Chris Coleman and Sarah Buxton, make up what Williams calls her "coming of age" album. Beyond the writing chops, Williams also wields "a lovely, ever-on-the-verge-of-breaking voice” (The Washington Post) that makes songs like the lovely "Without You" (with Dylan), "Gone Away From Me" (with Jackson Browne) and "Waiting On June" with Gwyneth Paltrow) deliver a lot more than just name-dropping.

Holly Williams - 'Without You' (from The Highway)

Holly Williams - 'Gone Away From Me' (from The Highway)