‘A Family Tradition’ arrives Feb. 20

Published 8:30 am Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Not one, not two, but three descendants of Butler County’s most famous native son will be taking the stage of the Ritz in downtown Greenville on Thursday, Feb. 20.

Hank Williams Sr.’s grandchildren Sam Williams, Hilary Williams and Holly Williams will all perform as part of “A Family Tradition” in the final show of the Greenville Area Arts Council’s 2019-2020 season.

Sam, the son of Hank Williams, Jr. was born in Nashville and raised on Highway 79 in Paris, Tenn. He started out caring more about sports than a career in music. Sam found songwriting and playing music to be great therapy and a way to share straight from his heart. After attending Belmont University for two-and-a-half years studying the entertainment industry, he was ready to strike out on a career of his own.

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In the past year, Sam has collaborated with several noted songwriters to pen more than 40 original songs. Having played a handful of shows across the country now, Sam says he is excited for what is to come and to carry on his own torch, not allowing anyone to put it out.

Holly Audrey Williams, an American singer-songwriter, retailer, designer, and mother to three young children, lives in Nashville, Tenn.

Sam Williams’ sibling, Holly has recorded three critically acclaimed albums and done extensive touring, including appearances at the Grand Old Opry.

She continues to carve a unique path in design, retail, and hospitality. Holly is the visionary behind H. Audrey and White’s Mercantile, two  retail concepts that have been hailed as, “impeccable…modern…always on point.” She has renovated and curated historic properties, under the name White’s Room and Board, a collection of unforgettable farmhouses and cabins, available for rent and offering a fresh take on the VRBO model.

Holly’s life, music and her businesses are choreographed around all the things she loves and collects with her family and friends as the centerpiece. She is currently writing her new album and expanding her retail footprint.

Hilary Williams, sister to Sam and Holly, carries on the family musical tradition with her debut album, “My Lucky Scars.”

Inspired by a devastating 2006 car accident that nearly claimed her life, “My Lucky Scars” includes tracks like “Angel Take My Hand” and “Sign of Life” which give the listener a raw look into that near-death experience as well as more upbeat tunes, including a light-hearted ode to love, “Crazy.”

Hilary’s debut album includes collaborations with a number of modern tunesmiths, among them Billy Tomberlin, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Ross Copperman and rock legend John Eddie. The album also includes a direct connection to the female artists who shaped her  in her youth: the jagged edge of Sheryl Crow’s guitar sound and the no-holds-barred lyrics of P.J. Harvey were Hilary’s initial inspirations.

These three distinctive performers will carry on “A Family Tradition” kicking off at 7 p.m. on February 20 at the historic Ritz.

“We are thrilled to have such a dynamic show and on the very stage where their grandfather, Butler County’s own Hank Williams Sr., once played,” Nancy Idland, GAAC’s artistic director, said.

“While the show is technically sold out, we know there are many people who are eager to get tickets. We also know that some of our season ticket holders will not be able to attend that night and will have tickets available. I ask that they message me via Facebook or call me ASAP at (334) 854-2802 so we can get those tickets to those fans,” Idland concluded.