Dar Williams plays Sunday at Center for The Arts
American singer-songwriter Dar Williams will bring her special blend of pop folk to the Grass Valley stage during a concert presented by The Center for the Arts on Oct. 18.
Singer songwriter Jenny O will open the show.
A frequent performer at folk festivals, Williams has toured with such artists as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patty Griffin, Ani DiFranco, The Nields, Shawn Colvin, Girlyman, Joan Baez, and Catie Curtis.
Known for writing about personal experience, many of Williams’ songs are inspired by the people of her life. Often, her songs address gender typing, roles, and inequities.
Dar Williams recorded her first full album, “The Honesty Room,” on her own label – Burning Fields Music. Guest artists included Nerissa and Katryna Nields, Max Cohen and Gideon Freudmann. The record went on to become one of the top-selling independent folk albums of 1995.
In 1996, “Mortal City” received substantial notice, the same year she toured with Joan Baez. In 1997, her career had gathered momentum and her third release, “End of The Summer” was well received.
In 1998, Williams, Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky formed the group Cry Cry Cry as a way to pay homage to some of their favorite folk artists. The band released an eponymous album of covers and toured from 1998 to 2000.
Williams is involved in a wide range of different projects including: teaching, working at children’s summer camps, leading songwriting workshops and writing a book.
After almost 20 years with Razor and Tie, she released her latest recording, “Emerald” on her own label.
“It’s like the record business is a giant building that collapsed. But when the building is destroyed, you get to see what remains. And this incredible structure of the music and the friendships that I have is all still there. Seeing that led to a decision to record songs with themes about relationships and connections—I wanted to write songs for my friends and about my friends.
That turns out to have been the sturdiest structure I could have built for myself. And that’s in my songs, it’s in my teaching. I’m a believer in what can happen when we make music together.”
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