An acoustic guitar, a grand piano and an audience full of excited listeners filled Lovett Auditorium for the first Lovett Live concert of the school year on Tuesday at 8 p.m.
The performance featured singer/songwriter Holly Williams. Williams is the granddaughter of Hank Williams Sr. and daughter of Hank Williams Jr., so naturally, music is the family tradition.
Williams was welcomed on stage by a local radio station, Froggy 103.7. Her simple black shirt and skinny jeans tucked into boots was a comfortable look for the acoustic show.
“Thanks for coming out tonight,” Williams said. “We usually have our bassist and drummer, so you are getting a really intimate show tonight.”
The show brought in a crowd of about 150 people according to Wesley Hughes, manager of accounting activities at the CFSB Center.
“This is one of the best turnouts we have had,” he said.
Williams sang a few songs alone, while her husband, Chris Coleman, accompanied her on guitar and backup vocals for the majority of the show. Williams sang songs both new and old, as well as a cover of one of her favorite songs, “Angel from Montgomery.”
The audience sat and listened to Williams share short stories of why certain songs were written and applauded each melody that echoed from her microphone.
Williams ended the night with a special thank you to the audience for coming out on a Tuesday night.
“It takes a lot to get me out of the house on a Tuesday night,” she joked.
Her last song was the title track of her latest album “Highway.”
“I love to travel and be on the road,” Williams said. “So this is my love song to the highway.”
Williams has been a successful artist by sticking to her country roots, but also by doing her own thing. She has toured with many artists and played many shows in her time.
The Lovett Live performance was a new setting for Williams and she thanked the audience numerous times for its attendance and support.
Story by Hunter Harrell, Staff writer