Madison Concert Ticket Giveaway + Free MP3 Download: Dar Williams

Dar Williams

Dar Williams has long been one of America’s most popular and respected female songwriters.  It’s not hard to understand the reasons as she playfully tosses poetic lines to your ears with her sweet voice.  Earlier this month she released Many Great Companions, a collection of some of her most beloved songs beautifully re-recorded with the help of fellow folk music giants such as Gary Louris,  Sean and Sara Watkins, Patty Larkin, and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

We’re thrilled that she’s making a stop in Madison while out on the road to promote her latest work.  Dar Williams will be performing at the Barrymore Theater this Wednesday, October 27th and we’re giving one of our readers a pair of tickets to the show.  Read on to get all the details, download a free track, and find out how you can enter to win those tix!

Click here to listen to Madison’s own Stu Levitan interview Dar during his weekly Books and Beats radio show on The Mic 92.1 FM.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Many Great Companions Tour


Barrymore Theatre – 7:30pm – $26 adv $26 dos – all ages



On one level, the sizable body of work accumulated by celebrated writer/artist Dar Williams is a continuing narrative of her life — what she’s experienced and what she’s observed during her years of intensive touring. On another, it forms a detailed look at the course of modern-day existence in the decade and a half between 1993, when Williams released her debut album, The Honesty Room, and 2008, when her longtime label Razor & Tie released her seventh and most recent studio album, Promised Land. Throughout her career, Williams has employed a reporter’s keen eye and a fiction writer’s feel for nuance in the act of confronting what she’s described as “the big picture of how people approach life,” doing by examining and illuminating the minute details.

These juxtaposed thematic arcs, laden with intriguing narrative twists and vivid imagery, are cast in sharp relief on Many Great Companions, a two-CD set (released Oct. 12 on Razor & Tie) that generously and comprehensively pairs a career overview with the artist’s latest recording project. The first disc contains luminous, newly recorded acoustic performances of a dozen of Williams’ most sharply drawn and resonant songs; the second cherry-picks 19 of her classics, along with her uplifting take on Ray Davies’ Kinks gem “Better Things,” which fits in seamlessly with the originals. On the new tracks, Williams is joined by Gary Louris of the Jayhawks, who doubles as producer, sometimes in tandem with the artist. Also making memorable appearances are Sean and Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek fame, fellow singer/songwriters Mary Chapin Carpenter and Patty Larkin, and the MotherLode Trio.

As a whole, the collection charts Williams’ course from an upstart neo-folkie to a seasoned artist who’s also a community-involved wife, mother and “involved neighbor,” as she puts it. Williams and her husband Michael, who live in the Hudson River Valley 90 minutes from New York City, have a six-year-old son, Stephen, and an adopted daughter, Ethiopia-born Taya, who’s one and a half.

In her work, she says, “There’s the true line of curiosity about living in this world, and I put an importance on observing things right now, which engages me. But my subject matter has changed over the years. Early on, I did a lot of quick sketches juxtaposing the different environments I found myself in. Whereas, now, as I get older, there’s more of a theme of what it means to root yourself and belong to something.”

Read the rest of Dar’s intriguing bio here.


FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD: Dar Williams – “As Cool As I Am”


WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS: In her song “Stop Smoking,” Dar sings, “It’s the start of a new life day / Oh yeah, right, like I haven’t heard that one before / You know everything I try to quit I only want it some more.”  Ain’t that always the way?  To enter to win tickets to Dar’s show, we want you to either explain how you were able to kick a bad habit or tell us about a personal habit that feels so good, you won’t ever want to quit.  Post your comments in the section below.


Please have your responses in by Tuesday, October 26th at 8:00pm.  We will be choosing and notifying the winners shortly thereafter.  Good luck everyone!

6 Responses

  1. Dar Williams is the best!

  2. I have a habit that is a particular man. Would be best to kick the habit, but I guess it’s a love hangover…or something like that. Definitely not healthy, but in the category of feels too good (at the time) to give up.

  3. Listening to Dar Williams 24/7 is a habit I have developed that feels so good I never want to kick it.

  4. OK I admit it and they say that’s the first step. My habit is obsessing about musicians that I want to see next. Preferably those that write their own original lyrics.Some friends think I am single-minded but I don’t care.So what that I drove 800 miles to watch a band play in a very obscure place?!

  5. I would love to say I am addicted to the New York Times crossword puzzles 😉 But, I can’t stand how they hang me up and then I am tormented to googling all the answers, to relieve me from feeling dumber than a box of rocks ….. about 3/4 of the way through I will set down the crossword puzzle to impress the husband (shhhhhh don’t tell him, it will ruin the fantasy) as to how smart his wife is.

  6. Ha! Too cute, Jane! The tix are yours. Thanks everyone.

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