GRAMMY.com First Listen: Dar Williams
Folk singer/songwriter Dar Williams is set to release her ninth studio album, In The Time Of Gods, on April 17. Ahead of the album's release, GRAMMY.com has your exclusive first listen of the song "You Will Ride With Me Tonight."
Raised in Chappaqua, N.Y., Williams began her music career in the artistic community of Northampton, Mass., where she performed on the coffeehouse circuit. She met GRAMMY-nominated artist Joan Baez, who became an early fan of Williams' music, and the two subsequently went on tour together. In 1993 Williams released her debut album, The Honesty Room, and two years later signed a record deal with Razor & Tie Entertainment, which has evolved into a 17-year partnership. End Of This Summer was released in 1997 and marked Williams' first album to appear on the Billboard 200. Her follow-up, 2000's The Green World, topped Billboard's Top Internet Albums chart.
Produced by GRAMMY winner Kevin Killen, In The Time Of Gods features a cast of guest musicians, including Larry Campbell, Shawn Colvin, Charley Drayton, Gerry Leonard, and Rob Hyman. The 10-song collection explores current social issues set against a complex backdrop of Greek mythology. Some songs on the album are written as reflections on Williams' family, including "Write This Number Down," which Williams penned for her adopted Ethiopian-born daughter, and "I've Been Around The World," which was written as an ode to the husband of a touring artist.
"There is a grown-up fairytale to In The Time Of Gods," said Williams. "It sparkles with simple and beautiful layers, and it's muscular in places and very lyrical in others."
Williams will embark on a U.S. tour in support of the release, with select dates scheduled through September.