Album: The Highway (2013)


  • Holly Williams was originally going to title her The Highway album after this road song about a preacher's son who drinks moonshine and marries a prostitute, but never quite figures out his reasons for leaving home. Hank's granddaughter had completed the record and was ready to ship with the title Railroad but switched it at the last minute. Holly told us: "It had already been sent to my booking agent. It had not been sent out to the press yet, but it had been sent out to friends and family and music city people and here it is. So I called it 'Railroad', and I still had the same kind of thing. Like I've been at this crossroads for years doing a thousand different things. And all these different subject matters and songs. So that was the title of the album. And then last minute I went in, everything changed."


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Charlotte Caffey of The Go-Go'sSongwriter Interviews

Charlotte was established in the LA punk scene when a freaky girl named Belinda approached her wearing a garbage bag.

Gilby ClarkeSongwriter Interviews

The Guns N' Roses rhythm guitarist in the early '90s, Gilby talks about the band's implosion and the side projects it spawned.

Ron and Russell Mael of SparksSongwriter Interviews

The men of Sparks on their album Hippopotamus, and how Morrissey handled it when they suggested he lighten up.

Famous Singers' First FilmsSong Writing

A look at the good (Diana Ross, Eminem), the bad (Madonna, Bob Dylan) and the peculiar (David Bowie, Michael Jackson) film debuts of superstar singers.

Richard MarxSongwriter Interviews

Richard explains how Joe Walsh kickstarted his career, and why he chose Hazard, Nebraska for a hit.

CommercialsFact or Fiction

Was "Ring Of Fire" really used to sell hemorrhoid cream?