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Trench Foot

by Hayward Williams

"Who knows how he did it, but he has already written a few songs that any self-respecting songwriter would give an arm to have done. Watch him like a hawk. Track his movements. This could get hairy." -Peter Mulvey
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Ballad of Benson Creek
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2. Smoke and Mirrors
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3. Toe to Toe
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4. Lazarus
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Album Notes
2.10.07
My brand new album 'Another Sailor's Dream' is also available now at CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/cd/williamshayward

You can find it in stores across the country on March 6, 2007.

I'll be touring a lot this year, hope to see you at a show.

All the latest tour info is here: http://myspace.com/haywardwilliams

Hayward


"As a huge Peter Mulvey fan, I had to go a bit ballistic over this album. Throw in some qualities reminiscent of Greg Brown as well, and you've got one promising album to look forward to. Wrapping up folky blues and hints of rootsy country and country folk rock, Hayward Williams is one of the most compelling artists rising on the scene these days. With a gorgeous blend of ache, gristle and whiskey-toned gruffness, his songs walk a perfect line between the sweet and bitter, the sentimental and cynical."
-CD Baby

"Hayward Williams' earnestly jaunty folk-rock might seem anachronistic in the prevailing musical atmosphere of self-conscious irony, but his combination of melody, restraint, and unabashed enthusiasm saves the day. Williams also boasts a voice that sounds several decades older than he actually is, lending his songs of love and loss a gravity they might not otherwise possess."
-The Onion

"... There is an ease about him that could be called the mark of the real deal. His songs are confessional, accusatory, and above all, conversational..."
-vital source magazine

Hayward Williams grew up with a guitar in his hands, performing from an early age in cafés, bars, and eventually rock clubs throughout his home state of Wisconsin and around the Midwest. A high school 'Battle of the Bands' champion, the textbook lonely college kid making dinner dates with his guitar, Williams took the well-worn suburban route to musical accomplishment: he hit the ground running with a '64 Gibson that his mother bought at a garage sale, listened hard to everything from the Beatles to Buckley, and somewhere along the way began to write the tunes that would become his own voice.
In 2001 Williams quit school to join the award-winning Milwaukee based band Exit, named Wisconsin Band of the Year in 2004, by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry. Lending bass guitar and vocals to the bands' hook-driven pop catalogue, Williams traveled the Midwest circuit and around the country with Exit, cutting his teeth as a performer and playing everywhere from the Summerfest stage in Wisconsin, to CBGBs in New York City. The regional popularity of Exit gave Hayward entrée into larger clubs even as he was honing the catalogue of songs that would propel him toward more intimate settings.
In 2002 Williams independently released Manoverboard, a solo project recorded under a pseudonym (Hayward is sneaky), which allowed him the opportunity to play solo engagements throughout the region and served as the foundation for Uphill /Downhill, Hayward Williams's 2005 debut. A Wilco-esque collision of the radio and folk idioms that combines smart hooks with deeply textured studio atmospherics, Uphill/Downhill is an impressive collection of 12 original songs that moves elegantly from heartbreak to self-examination to wonder without the self-seriousness that might ordinarily drag such wanderings down.
Hayward's live shows have been described as having "...everything you could hope for... message, melody, and hooks" (Vital Source), and feature his facile guitar and thoughtful, distinctive tenor (imagine the honeyed side of Ryan Adams, Jay Farrar's earthy grit, the playfulness of Sam Cooke). Built on a foundation of folk, blues, and soul Hayward's songs in performance display the raw intensity common to these forms, tempered by his own easy self-possession and wry charm.
In little clubs and smoky bars around the Midwest, armed with his excellent debut record Uphill/Downhill, and his aw-shucks charisma, Hayward Williams is quietly building both a following and a career the old-fashioned way, one night at a time.

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Sarah W.

If possible, even better than the last album...
Mournful ballads and toe-tapping, thigh-slapping roots rock romps... I thought his last album, Uphill/Downhill, was perfection. I was wrong. These four gems outdo anything he's done before. And I have a feeling something even better is brewing...
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Laney

Best CD I ever heard
This CD was so amazing, it gave me goosebumps. I was especially entranced by "Lazarus." I can't imagine music being any better than this.
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David Burch

Trench Foot is good for the soul
Hayward's Trench Foot is a wonderful collection of distinctive songs grounded in folk and blues, and topped with memorable lyrics and messages to ponder. Always leave them wanting more, and people will surely be wanting more from this talented songwriter and musician.
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ParispAl

even better
Trench Foot reminds me of Foucault's debut album, also produced by Peter Mulvey, if I remember well. Similar desolation. Is that Wisconsin?

This EP corrects some things I could do without on Uphill/Downhill, like the NeilYoungish slightly out of tune harmonica on the opening track or the instrumental closing number. I'm sure Hayward's next full length CD will be just perfect. I can feel a quantum leap in maturity between the two records.

Can't wait for the next one!

Herve in Paris
www.acousticinparis.com
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CD Baby


As a huge Peter Mulvey fan, I had to go a bit ballistic over this album. Throw in some qualities reminiscent of Greg Brown as well, and you've got one promising album to look forward to. Wrapping up folky blues and hints of rootsy country and country folk rock, Hayward Williams is one of the most compelling artists rising on the scene these days. With a gorgeous blend of ache, gristle and whiskey-toned gruffness, his songs walk a perfect line between the sweet and bitter, the sentimental and cynical.
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matt schwanke

this cd is the best cd i have ever heard
hey mr.williams this is matt shcwanke from school and i hope to buy your cd pretty soon cuz i heard it was really good. 7 bucks is pretty cheap for a cd this good so i am going to buy it sooon. Keep up the good work \
:-D
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