Dar Williams: Return To Mortal City

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Dar Williams: Return To Mortal City
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Opening Act: Amy Haimerl
One of the most lauded singer-songwriters of her generation, Dar Williams has been captivating audiences with her sheer elegance and honesty in folk-pop songwriting since the early ’90s. With dedicated fans selling out her shows all across the country (and world) and her inimitable songs hitting the charts with the release of each new album, Dar’s continued success is undeniable as both a recording artist and performer.

Every new album from Dar Williams represents her thoughts and feelings about both her own life and larger forces in the world. But her ninth studio record, Emerald, marks a particularly dramatic confluence between her experiences and broader contemporary culture—and what it means to be a songwriter at this moment in history.

In the past few years, Williams has been involved in a wide range of different efforts and projects: teaching a course titled “Music Movements in a Capitalist Democracy” at her alma mater, Wesleyan University; working with children at several summer camps; leading songwriting workshops; getting involved with the workings of her village; and writing a book about the ways she’s seen towns becoming more independent and prosperous over her twenty years of touring. In addition, in the face of dramatic transformations in the music industry, she is releasing Emerald on her own after choosing to part ways with Razor & Tie, her label for almost twenty years.

The music business is drastically different today as compared to 1993 when the budding singer-songwriter first self-released The Honesty Room (her debut album was later re-released by Razor & Tie in 1995). But with the ever-changing tides of the industry, Dar has remained unwavering in her socio-political and environmental beliefs, and her captivating storylines have remained relevant. Her poignant lyrical commentary and beautiful musical arrangements have entranced the music world for more than two decades.
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