Get your week groovin’ with John Hiatt & Holly Williams July 22 at Mesa Theater & Club
Singer-songwriter John Hiatt, known for his “rootsy fusion of rock and roll, country, blues, and folk,” will perform with his band, Combo, in Grand Junction at Mesa Theater & Lounge Monday, July 22.
Holly Williams, granddaughter of the legendary Hank Williams, will open the show.
A prolific songwriter, Hiatt’s songs have been covered by such artists as Bonnie Raitt (“Thing Called Love”), Ronnie Milsap, Bob Dylan and the Neville Brothers. Hiatt, 60, is touring nationally to promote his latest CD “Mystic Pinball,” released last year.
Williams, who toured with Hiatt in 2009 as well, was available earlier this week for an interview with the Free Press.
“He’s one of my musical heroes,” Williams said of Hiatt. “He’s a brilliant storyteller and songwriter.”
Williams is also promoting a new album, “The Highway” by Georgiana Records, featuring guest vocals from Jackson Browne and Jakob Dylan.
All songs were either written or co-written by Williams and includes an anthem to her grandmother, songs about addictions, a family friend, love and the “highway.”
Williams’ renowned grandfather and father (Hank Williams Jr.) are known for their country hits. Williams pegs her own style as more “Americana” or “singer-songwriter” — more along the lines of John Prine. She plays piano and guitar.
Williams, 32, said she was unaware as a child growing up in Nashville, the fame of Hank Williams.
“I had a normal childhood, and didn’t go to many shows,” she said. Normal, despite Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash being family friends.
It wasn’t until she started listening to artists like Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Bruce Springsteen that Williams realized the extent of her family’s musical influence.
“Bob Dylan came up to me and he knew more about Hank Williams than anyone,” she said.
“When I toured Europe (after her first record) it was amazing to see his legacy in the world.”
Joining Williams on stage July 22 will be her husband and fellow musician Chris Coleman. Coleman helped write some of the songs on the new album.
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