Few musical families – if any – partake of creativity in the same manner of the Williams family. It was Hank Williams who became one of America’s biggest stars in the late 1940s, with such classics as “Lovesick Blues” and “You Win Again.” His son, Hank Williams, Jr, took that rich musical legacy and expounded on it, creating a sound that was very much his own. Over the years, three of the Williams grandchildren went about forging their own musical paths – each as riveting and as different as the sounds of “Bocephus” are from “Luke The Drifter.”
Now, in 2018, music continues to flow from the family well.
Meet Hilary Williams. Today, we’re premiering “Crazy,” the lead single from My Lucky Scars, the upcoming album from the oldest granddaughter of the musical icon. A song that owes plenty to the rockers of Williams’ youth such as Sheryl Crow, Williams tells Billboard that in true family fashion, the lyrics are straight from the heart.
“’Crazy’ represents the yin and yang of love,” she says. “I chose it as my first single from the album because it resonates with everyone. The story of eternal love, and knowing you are meant to be with someone even though there are ups and downs, is timeless. I love the melody and retro feel of it and the reaction to the song has been incredible when people hear it for the first time.”
Inspired by a devastating car accident in 2006 that nearly claimed her life, My Lucky Scars takes you through Hilary’s journey to overcome that near-death experience. The album’s opening track, “Angel Take My Hand” as well as “Sign of Life,” give the listener a raw look into those moments and the hopeful tune “Beautiful Things” gets a boost from country legend Ricky Skaggs.
The balance of the album addresses navigating the complicated game of love on tracks “The Day After the Circus,” “Shipwreck” and “Better Than Here.” Even when singing about the toll heartbreak has taken, her voice continues to shine bright, which you’ll hear on “Let Somebody Save Me,” co-written with John Paul White (Civil Wars) and Kris Bergsnes, as well as her spot-on cover of Joni Mitchell’s “River.”
My Lucky Scars will be released on May 25. Check out the track list below.
1. Angel, Take My Hand
2. Beautiful Things
4. Bedside Manner
5. Better Than Here
6. The Day After The Circus
7. Let Somebody Save Me
8. My Lucky Scars
9. Sign Of Life