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ACL Fest Artist of the Day: Holly Williams

Deborah Sengupta

Editor’s note: This article was originally published September 2, 2013

From: Nashville, TN

ACL set: 2:30 p.m. Fri, BMI stage

In 50 words or fewer: A Nashville singer-songwriter with a straight-forward approach to storytelling songs that defies her city’s tenancy toward flashy pop country, Williams sings plaintive, heart-tugging songs about love, family and the struggle to live right that echo the likes of Emmylou Harris and Nancy Griffith.

Could share a bill with: Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Dixie Chicks

Oh yeah, about that family: Williams is the daughter of Hank Williams Jr., the granddaughter of Hank Williams Sr. and the half-sister of Hank III.