Williams Duo Returns to Aberdeen
The Rooster’s Wife hosts the seventh installment of an all-Sunday series Sunday, Feb. 27, with singer-songwriter duo Doug and Telisha Williams.
Newcomer Lakota John will open with a dose of the blues. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the show starting at 6:45 p.m.
Doug and Telisha Williams hail from Martinsville, Va., where boarded-up factories stand as monuments to how fast the world can change. When they write and sing songs about dying small towns, they know what they’re talking about. The unemployment rate where they live is 20.2 percent.
The songs for their latest record, “Ghost of the Knoxville Girl,” weren’t written by people who like to imagine what it’s like “out there.” Instead they came from stories told across kitchen tables or between friends after a couple of pitchers at the Ten Pin.
“Seems like everybody we know is living what you read about in the papers,” says Doug. “The unemployment is 20.2 percent, and we’re all feeling a little desperate and pushed against the wall. This record couldn’t help but echo what we’re seeing and hearing.”
Like the very best singer-songwriters, this duo gives a voice to the struggles of everyday people, as well ghosts of the past.
“When we opened for Charlie Louvin and heard him sing his amazing ‘Knoxville Girl,’” says Telisha, “I had to wonder about her side of the story. All I had to do was ask and she told us.”
“We hope in some small way our songs not only document these times, but honor the people who are just doing the best they can to get by these days.” Doug says.
Making this album even more poignant is the fact that it was recorded in Martinsville.
“It was important to us to try and keep it local this time. Try and keep as much of it as possible close to home,” says Doug.
Admission is $12 in advance, and $15 at the door with cash or check. Tickets are available online with credit or debit card at theroosterswife.org.
Poplar Knight Spot is located at 114 Knight St. in downtown Aberdeen. Children under 12 are always free at the Rooster’s Wife events, furthering the mission of building community through the arts.
For more information and the complete schedule,visit www.theroosterswife.org or call (910) 944-7502.
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