Christian Williams
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Christian Williams

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"A dark, spooky work from a true storyteller"

The young man from Milwaukee catalogs his music as "Gothic country" and he mentions the work of Johnny Cash as one of his most important influences. And that´s what we will know for sure: You'd think he were his younger brother on this album of thirteen songs. But Williams is on his own, too. He is the brain behind the lyrics and the music; he plays all the instrumental parts, is responsible for the recording and production and prints out the cd's and album covers by himself. And the result of all this solitary work? A dark, spooky work from a true storyteller. - Alt.Country (Netherlands)

"An outstanding collection of Western folk"

Christian Williams' second CD, "Built with Bones," is an outstanding collection of Western folk. It takes us on a ride deep into the Badlands of Americana that is so fraught with darkness, that the pilgrimage trims all the fat from country music. Have no worries, though. Williams' voice and storytelling are strong enough to support us on the journey. Christian's baritone isn't thick, but it is so solid that even when it trembles it can support the world, much less this album's thirteen campfire tales. -


Full-length self-released albums:
- Defiant (Aug. 2007)
- Built with Bones (Jan. 2007)
- For My Mind, It Was Flying (2006)



I didn't ask a lot of questions growing up. I followed the rules and thought of life like a newspaper - black and white and easier to understand the older you get.
But we all know it isn't that simple. And like the prairie with its spinning gray twisters, life is full of beautiful disasters.
Some folks think they have things all figured out. But their answers just lead to more questions for me. Fortunately, life has shown me enough to know it's time to start asking.

I currently rest my weary bones in Lawrence, KS. A trusty old Martin guitar, banjo and lonesome baritone provide the foundation for my dark tales of mortality, love and the unknown.

Influences: The nature and history of the prairie, the outside of old churches, walking through the woods, DOCK BOGGS, shadows, the gust of wind right before a thunderstorm, the Book of Revelation, EDGAR ALLEN POE, God and the devil, cheap beer and fine bourbon, abandoned buildings, silence, the fear of damnation, HANK WILLIAMS, bare trees, summer nights on the porch, JOHN BROWN, the Wild West, large bodies of water at night, RICHARD BRAUTIGAN, the smell of rain, running out of time, waking up next to the one you love, JOHNNY CASH, cobblestone streets, near-death experiences that are all in your head, bones, faith and lack thereof, EDGAR LEE MASTERS, forgotten graveyards, religous zealots, carnivals, dust, THE CARTER FAMILY, circus freaks, CARL SANDBURG, poor folks and those who have it rough, CHOPIN, ancient oak trees, black dirt, the great plains, MARK TWAIN, ponds, creeks and ditches, friendly folks, folks you hope you never have to see again, HARRY HOUDINI, ghosts, Spanish moss, Southern Gothic literature, WYATT EARP, the Civil War, the sound of someone playing the banjo, VACHEL LINDSAY, admitting you just don't know, the notion that you can come back and do it all over again, MY FAMILY.