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About Dar Williams
'Dar Williams, one of America's very best singer-songwriters… Her songs are beautiful. Some are like finely crafted short stories. They are, variously, devastatingly moving, tenderly funny, subtle without being in any way inaccessible, and utterly fresh—not a cliché or a clunker in her entire songbook.’ The New Yorker
'Known for her lyrical, evocative songwriting and singing…Ms. Williams has been a leading figure in the folk-rock world for nearly 20 years.’ Wall Street Journal
'Seasons change, but Williams remains both ambitious and pleasingly plainspoken.’ Rolling Stone
'A new generation of pop-folk enthusiasts lauds her as one of the genre's central figures.’ Paste
Dar Williams’s growth as an individual over her two-decade career has gone hand-in-hand with her evolution as an artist. This is perhaps best typified by the release of Emerald, a timely and brilliant album of new songs and collaborations with friends such as Jill Sobule, Richard Thompson, Jim Lauderdale, The Milk Carton Kids, The Hooters, Lucy Wainwright Roche and her mother Suzzy Roche and others.
Raised in Chappaqua, N.Y., Williams spent 10 years living in the thriving artistic community of Northampton, Mass., where she began to make the rounds on the coffeehouse circuit. Joan Baez, an early fan of her music, took Williams out on the road and recorded several of her songs. The rest is history. Williams most recently released a live recording celebrating the 20th anniversary of her legendary album,The Honesty Room.
In addition to being a touring artist, Williams is an author, teaches a course at Wesleyan University and conducts annual songwriting seminars. Williams devotes much of her time to environmental issues and causes and has created Give Bees A Camp which combines concerts and the planting of bee-friendly gardens for young campers.