The characters in Holly Williams’s third album have seen better days: They’ve been wronged by unfaithful alcoholic husbands, devastated by heartbreak, and gutted by the loss of their loved ones — and, boy, does the singer/songwriter’s smoky voice make us feel for them. The Highway is a masterful country set that hits the perfect spot between traditional and pop, best heard on “Drinkin’,” “Giving Up” and “Railroads.” It’s perhaps not surprising that Williams is the granddaughter, daughter and half-brother of Hank Williams Sr., Jr. and III, respectively — but her songs are stunning regardless of her lineage.
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