Alex Williams Full Band

Room: Indoor
4672 W State Highway 154
Yantis, TX 75497
Date: Saturday Jan 14, 2023 at 08:00 PM Doors: 6:00 PM


Main Support:

  • Meredith Crawford and The Mean Streak Band
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Alex Williams Waging Peace Bio

Waylon Jennings said it best back in ‘78, realizing the line between his life and art had all but vanished.
"Don't you think this Outlaw bit's done got out of hand?" the legend sang - and it's a feeling Alex
Williams knows all too well.

Portrayed in 2017 as the heir to the Outlaw Country throne, the Lightning Rod Records artist played his
part to perfection, living out the words to gritty hits like "Little Too Stoned" and the rest of a Nashville produced album debut, Better Than Myself. But after five years of waging war against himself, it's time
to put the guns down.
"It's all I knew at that point. When I made the first record, I didn't have a band, I didn't have a lot of
writing experience, and overall a very surface level sense of what I wanted to do," Williams says of his
early days, and the tunnel vision which eventually led to his new LP, Waging Peace. Matching a cold
look in the mirror with a newly liberated sonic style, the set marks a brand new chapter for an artist
once pushed into a creative corner.

"Now I feel like a totally different person, because there's so much more I have experienced," he goes
on. "It's not easy to get out of that powerful machine up in your head, and in my opinion it's the
toughest battle you can face … But in the end, it's worth it. I'm just trying to be honest with the songs
and write the kind of music that I would want to listen to."

A small-town Midwestern kid who's now amassed more than 5 Million global streams, and toured
throughout North America and beyond, those words reveal a man who's lived and learned, finding a
way to put his truth in song. And how he ended up here is a story of its own.

Raised in Pendleton, Indiana, Williams grew up assuming he'd follow his father into criminal justice -
but was laying down the law onstage by high school. It was actually his dad who encouraged his early
songwriting, Williams says, and fusing hard hitting heavy metal with guitar-driven rock with a deep beyond-his-years baritone, he was soon gigging between Indiana and Texas, where a cousin had a bar.

Soon the old soul was enrolled in Nashville's prestigious Belmont University, but he quickly left for an
education on the road - connecting with Outlaw heroes like Waylon and Willie, Billy Joe Shaver and
more along the way.

Clearly gifted, the youngster's cavernous vocal and gritty, go-your-own-way charisma drew attention,
and soon Williams was offered a large-label deal too exciting to refuse.

"I had just recently discovered and fell in love with all of the records from the 70's Progressive
Country era. It just sounded so fresh and real and really struck a chord with me like it has with a lot of
musicians," he explains, describing the scope of 2017's Better Than Myself. "But now, things are

Still rooted in tradition and a bold, against-the-grain swagger, Waging Peace finds Williams growing -
professionally and personally. Finding guitar-slinging inspiration in everything from Skynyrd and The
Allman Brothers to Jerry Reed, plus the biting Texan poetry of songwriters Guy Clark and Townes Van
Zandt, Williams scours his very soul in each song, rumbling vocals framed by organic twang and retro
fuzz. And unfortunately, there's plenty of ground to cover.

Thrusted into life on the road, the young talent quickly discovered his dream's dark side. Surrounded
by temptation and hurtling (uncharacteristically) toward rock bottom, Waging Peace explains the fallout.
"It was that typical rock-star thing, traveling around and thinking ‘cool' is the same as being reckless,"
Williams admits. "I did it for a lot of years … Until one night, and I'm still trying to process. I wasn't
that person then - and I'm definitely not now - and Waging Peace is just about trying to make peace
with yourself.

"It's tough to be transparent about the difficult things that sparked these songs," he goes on, quiet
resolve guiding his voice. "But I'm not going to fabricate anything." Over 12 deeply-personal songs produced by Ben Fowler, Williams gets real about the cost of living wide open. Built around an internal struggle between good and evil, he comes clean, seeks redemption and learns to trust his instincts again, injecting that pure-country theme with a blast of Rust-Belt rock. Opening with a flash of scrappy slide guitar, Williams sets the scene of dingy motels and back-alley bars in "No Reservations," embracing life on the road with almost joyful abandon. He hits a kind of
moral cruise control with the high-energy honky tonk of "Double Nickel," recalling the highway anthems of the ‘70s and noting "When you're trucking along, you've gotta take the good with the bad" - but those good times soon turn ugly.

With tracks like twangy two-steppers "Old Before My Time" and "Rock Bottom," a head-on collision
with reality looms. And on the string-scorching guitar anthem, "Fire," Williams takes a blowtorch to
the life he once knew. He's left to survey the damage with the grooving country funk of "A Higher Road," while harmonica legend Mickey Raphael adds a woozy sense of sorrow to the aftermath and Williams finally declares
war on the epic "Waging Peace" - bringing his howitzer of a vocal to bear on the "devil" within. The project ends on a reflective note with "The Struggle" and "The Vice," as Williams puts his ordeal in big-picture terms, but his eyes open far too late.

"Everybody has some sort of an escape, a way to tune out the realities of life whether it's cocaine or
your significant other," he explains. "But as much as it feels like you are moving in those moments -
like you're on the road to where you want to be - in reality, you're going nowhere fast."
To be sure, Williams isn't the first artist to grapple with the temptations of success, and he won't be the
last to feel boxed in by his first record. But with those challenges come growth - and on Waging Peace,
they lead Williams to something more authentic than any "Outlaw" label: three chords and the truth.
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