"The Highway" (Georgiana Records)
On her third album, "The Highway," Holly Williams shows that she got maybe the three most important genes from her grandfather, Hank Williams, and her outlaw daddy, Hank Jr. — the ones having to do with the writing of a song, telling compelling stories and developing a fierce individualistic streak.
"The Highway" is the most country-sounding record she's made, suggesting that as time goes by she's less insistent on emphasizing her distance from her celebrated forebears. There's still more of an indie-folk flavor to most of her songs, but now she's making music that best fits the tales she has to spin, and if that takes her into rootsy country, or meaty rock a la the Band, so be it.
As you'd expect given the title, Williams spends a lot of time singing of people in motion, whether toward or away from something, as in this vignette from "Without You":