Harold Whit Williams

Harold Whit Williams

 Austin, Texas, USA
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

The solo work of Cotton Mather guitarist Harold Whit Williams is a stripped-down, mostly acoustic affair evoking Texas folk and Appalachian murder ballads, all the while lyrically tapping into his native Muscle Shoals, Alabama roots.

Biography

Harold Whit Williams - "a genuine power-pop guitar hero" according to Trouser Press - was born and raised in the musically renowned Muscle Shoals area of Alabama.

He spent a decade playing guitar for the critically acclaimed Texas band Cotton Mather. Uncut Magazine in UK called their record Kontiki "the best power-pop album of the 90s."

In 2007, Williams, along with Cotton Mather drummer Dana Myzer and power-pop legend Ron Flynt, released the record, Euphonia, as the studio project band, Stockton. Williams and Flynt split the songwriting chores. Williams' song Dreamworld was used in second season of the WB show Veronica Mars.

And in 2011, Williams released his first true solo record - The Daily Worker Songbook. He again enlisted Ron Flynt with his Jumping Dog Studio in Austin, with help from Stephen Belans (Alejandro Escovedo, Jame McMurty) on drums and percussion.

Williams spent the spring and summer of 2011 playing his new songs at various acoustic venues around Austin, accompanied by dobroist/guitarist Jon Bookout (Plum).

Williams has worked in numerous studio sessions for Austin artists - including Kacy Crowley, Future Clouds and Radar, Michael Fracasso, among others. Also, his poetry chapbook, Waiting For The Fire To Go Out, is available from Finishing Line Press. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Lyrics

Write If You Get Work

Written By: Harold Whit Williams

WRITE IF YOU GET WORK

Granddaddy figured school was done
In nineteen thirty one
No jobs with that Depression on
His momma put him on a westbound train
Ninety days without a drop of rain
Squeezed his arm so he could feel the pain

And she said write if you get work
And share with those who hurt
No shame in honest labor
Even if you're pushing papers
Write if you get work
And believe in your self-worth
'Cause we're all in this together

Momma raised us up best she could
The golden rule we all understood
Thinking back I guess we had it good
She worked late after nursing school
Cause economics can be so cruel
But her mother didn't raise a fool

And she said write if you get work
And share with those who hurt
No shame in honest labor
Even if you're pushing papers
Write if you get work
And believe in your self-worth
'Cause we're all in this together

We used to build things
Here in the Promised Land
And take care of our fellow man
But that was outsourced
For some corporate plan
We can get back there
I know we can

Four years of college and here I stand
Picking guitar in a rock and roll band
Someday I'll play the Meadowlands
I think of all those that came before
They cut the keys, they hung the doors
So we could walk thru and strive for more

And she said write if you get work
And share with those who hurt
No shame in honest labor
Even if you're pushing papers
Write if you get work
And believe in your self-worth
'Cause we're all in this together

Little Pieces Of Blue Sky

Written By: Harold Whit Williams

LITTLE PIECES OF BLUE SKY

He comes to in a Travel Lodge
Northside, the City of Dodge
The cold air helps him wake up
He sees her face in a coffee cup

Three more weeks, they will pass by
Like little pieces of blue sky

Another bar in another town
Another stage to make a sound
Good people on a Friday night
He sees her face in the spotlight

Three more weeks, they will pass by
Like little pieces of blue sky

He calls home but she's not there
Writes a poem on a backstage chair
He hears her voice, he feels her touch
A thousand miles isn't that much

All those creeks, they will run dry
No matter how much you've cried

And three more weeks, they will pass by
Like little pieces of blue sky

Discography

The Daily Worker Songbook - 2011 - self-released

Euphonia - Stockton - 2007 - self-released