Zachary Williams with The Hiders
The Ludlow Garage, 342 Ludlow Ave, Cincinnati, OH
7pm doors, 8:30pm show, Buy Tickets
Zachary Williams (The Lone Bellow) has announced his first ever solo tour in support of his recently released album Dirty Camaro (Dualtone). The tour kicks off on February 5th of next year in Austin, TX at the 04 Center and covers most of the U.S. before wrapping up in Boston at City Winery on May 4th. Highlights include a night in New York City at Rockwood Music Hall’s Rockwood 2 on April 2nd, the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles on February 11th and the Basement East in Nashville, TN on February 27th. Tickets go on sale on December 17 at 11:00am local time. For more tickets and information visit https://www.zachwilliams.com/.
Dirty Camaro was released on October 22nd via Dultone. The album was produced by Robert Ellis and Josh Block at Niles City Sound in Fort Worth, TX and features Anderson East, John Paul White, Ashley Monroe and Thad Cockrell and the gospel group Settles Connection. Prior to its release Williams shared album tracks “Can’t Tell The Difference,” featuring singer-songwriters Anderson East & John Paul White, “Game For Guessing” which includes an appearance from the album’s producer, Texas singer-songwriter Robert Ellis and his duet with Monroe – “Her Picture.” He also released the title track, “Dirty Camaro” and its companion music video directed by Game of Thrones star Lena Headey. Headey appeared alongside famed character actor Toby Huss of Halt and Catch Fire, child star Liam James of The Way Way Back and Ozark actor Marc Menchaca who has also appeared in music videos for The Lone Bellow and wrote Williams’ album liner notes.
Fans can order Dirty Camaro today and limited edition vinyl, CD, and merch available via Dualtone.
Zachary Williams is best known as ⅓ of the Nashville-based supergroup The Lone Bellow. All born in the South, the three members met while living in Brooklyn and quickly found that in addition to having commonality in their upbringing, they all had wildly potent voices, a knack for harmonies and a desire to write in the great Southern story-telling tradition – songs about heartbreak and struggles and the human condition. The Lone Bellow has released five studio albums with one produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Sturgil Simpson) and two produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner (Taylor Swift, Sharon Van Etten), including their most recent Half Moon Light.
The pursuit of music wasn’t always a fore drawn conclusion for Williams, rather it was the colossal hammer of fate and its aftermath that led him there. He had married his childhood best friend early (as kids in the South do), and soon after their life began, barely adults themselves Stacy suffered a terrible accident falling from her horse. Paralysis was the diagnosis and Williams’ immediate answer was movement – move to New York City, move to follow their dreams, spiritually walk right out of that place. Miraculously, Stacy eventually was able to walk again but their plans were in place. Williams began playing open mics at Rockwood Music Hall, gathering a fervent fan-base leading to Bowery Ballroom sell-outs before abandoning his solo-career for The Lone Bellow. Dirty Camaro serves as a book end to that pursuit, a return to unfinished business and the solo album he always meant to write. He honors Stacy in the song “Anything” singing, “you were my first favorite day, first dream that didn’t let me sleep, first time I ever felt this way. You were my first anything.”
Dirty Camaro is filled with lush string arrangements, vaudevillian piano, touches of honky tonk, saxophones and a wink that often isn’t found in The Lone Bellow’s earnest music. It’s lyrically reminiscent of Randy Newman and John Prine and its Williams self-effacing sense of humour that drives and entertains throughout. It’s clear that Williams has lived enough life to know he knows nothing. And his musings on the meaning of it all is an admixture of the people you love and the scenes that have amused you.
What stands out most in Zachary Williams’ Dirty Camaro is its dynamism and its musical dynamics. Each song is its own universe. There are quieter moments in the ballad “Elizabeth” and in the scorned-lover narrative duet “Her Picture” with Ashley Monroe. There are burn-the-house-down revivals (“That’s Why I Still Sleep With The Lights On”), gospel meditations (“Road Over That Mountain” featuring Settles Connection), Hank Williams Jr. style bar-band tracks (“Dirty Camaro”) and lounge-singer longings (“Airplane”). All of it is quilted together with Williams’ phenomenal access to his emotional interior and it’s buoyed by a voice that fans have been moved by for years. It hits different here, untethered and free to explore all the versions of himself he’s been ever since that moment he found himself, by her hospital bed.
Zachary Williams 2022 Tour
2/5/22 Austin, TX – 04 Center
2/6/22 Dallas, TX – Sundown at Granada
2/9/22 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
2/10/22 San Diego, CA – The Casbah
2/11/22 Los Angeles, CA – Hotel Café
2/15/22 Felton, CA – Felton Music Hall
2/16/22 Berkeley, CA – Freight & Salvage
2/18/22 Salt Lake City, UT – State Room
2/19/22 Denver, CO – Daniels Hall
2/20/22 Ft. Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
2/22/22 Davenport, IA – Raccoon Motel*
2/23/22 Evanston, IL – SPACE*
2/24/22 Cincinnati, OH – Ludlow Garage*
2/25/22 Bloomington, IL – Castle Theatre*
2/27/22 Nashville, TN – Basement East*
3/24/22 Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic*
3/25/22 Charlotte, NC – Evening Muse*
3/26/22 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle Back Room*
3/27/22 Charlottesville, VA – Southern*
3/29/22 Washington, DC – Miracle Theatre*
3/30/22 Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theater*
4/2/22 New York, NY – Rockwood 2*
4/3/22 Norfolk, CT – Infinity Hall Norfolk*
4/4/22 Boston, MA – City Winery*
*w/ Early James