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by Christian Williams

Dark country/folk music from the prairie featuring Gothic tales, toe-tapping lamentations and epitaphs.
Genre: Avant Garde: Avant-Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Summer Breeze
3:24 $0.99
2. The Sad Song of Sequin Island
3:57 $0.99
3. An Honest Man
2:17 $0.99
4. Henry May
3:54 $0.99
5. Upstairs
3:22 $0.99
6. Pbr & Crackers
4:06 $0.99
7. All of Her Kin
3:02 $0.99
8. A Winter Away
4:22 $0.99
9. Blood & Tears
3:48 $0.99
10. The Barn By the Creek
3:09 $0.99
11. Preacher
2:56 $0.99
12. I Tried
3:23 $0.99
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Album Notes
Christian Williams writes dark country/folk music inspired by the nature and history of the American prairie. A trusty old Martin guitar, banjo and lonesome baritone are the foundation for his tales of mortality, love and the unknown.

His third album, "Defiant", is a collection of Gothic yarns, toe-tapping lamentations and epitaphs. They come from a place where tornadoes reunite lost lovers, where evil men turn into cockroaches and where the down-and-out still manage to crack a crooked smile and stand with a defiance that only comes when you have nothing left to lose.

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As old as the wind
In his usual style, Williams offers up an array of beautifully haunting tunes that sound as old as the wind but never get stale. Though the lyrics are often grisly, they don’t offend or sicken - a rather triumphant feat considering the subject matter tends to revolve around death, the devil, and killing one’s spouse.

Ctrl. Alt. Country (Belgium)

He's a true story-teller
"Quite an odd character, this guy hailing from Lawrence, Kansas! We stated this before, when his previous album Built With Bones was released, and now with his new album, Defiant, we can only repeat this.
The new album has a lot to offer again. On Defiant, Williams continues his unique approach to music. On the new record, he plays an old Martin-guitar and a six-string banjo, but also the bass, tambourine, lap steel and some percussion instruments (the 'coffee can drum' is definitely the most exciting one here). Cale Thibaudeau and Andrew Hansen did their share on four songs on banjo, harmonica and snare drum. The result is a record full of Americana, on which Williams balances between the acoustic 16 Horsepower, the newer Johnny Cash material and some Nick Cave too. 'A collection of toe-tapping lamentations and epitaphs,' is what he calls it and it could not have been described better.
In a big part of the stories on Defiant, Death plays a significant role. His lyrics, by the way, are a part of the reason that Williams is on a higher level than the rest. He's a true story-teller. In the beautiful 'Henry May,' for example, a real 'pain in the ass' gets killed by his wife, who got more than sick of his behavior. After that, St Peter sends him straight to hell, where the devil himself sends him back to earth in the shape of a big cockroach. 'Summer Breeze' is also a song with a great story line. In this song, Williams tells about a certain guy named Charlie. Charlie loses the love of his life, his 'summer breeze.' Tormented by what happened, the man distances himself from all life around him, when eventually a tornado decides to reunite him in death with his 'summer breeze.' There are more goodbyes in the song 'Upstairs,' where we follow the last moments of the life of the narrator's wife. This album sends shivers down your spine, that's for sure!"

Hanx.net (Belgium)

Lifts Williams to a higher level
"This guy is a good writer! A sentence like this one proves this:
'Her eyes were like the ocean - deep, restless and at his door.'
It's all about the 'door' in this sentence. In one sentence a disaster is announced ...this woman will die by an ax. You can actually hear the darkness of the lyrics through Christian William's lonesome baritone voice.
And Henry May gets shot by his wife:
'Oh, Henry May - used his head to paint the kitchen red that summer day.'
This guy, Henry, is an annoying guy actually; he's not welcome in heaven and not even in hell as the devil sends him back in the shape of a cockroach.
In our review of Christian Williams' previous album Built With Bones, we already talked about his so-called JCS (Johnny Cash Syndrome). The same thing comes to mind with this album. Also, Nick Cave is a name that comes to mind every now and then. Nathan Wade and William Elliot Whitmore are also people he seems to have listened to a lot. Dock Boggs and Mike Seeger also come to mind - blues and mountain music. On the previous record, Boggs didn't really come to mind. On this one he really does, especially in 'An Honest Man.'
Williams definitely has improved! On this record, he delivers some fine pieces of songwriting. In 'A Winter Away,' a bit of Neil Diamond comes to the surface. Also 'Barn By The Creek' and 'Upstairs' are songs that are solid as a rock.
Williams doesn't copy sixties and seventies country - he drinks from the source of folk music, which has its roots in the nineteenth century. Defiant is a very decent, solid record which lifts Williams to a higher level again. If he continues like this, greater things await Christian Williams and us here at Hanx as listeners!"

hey Christian I think this cd is going to do very well