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Born in New York in 1967, Dar Williams is a pop folk singer-songwriter who became known in the 90's. Her song lyrics cover themes such as religion, adolescence, gender issues, anti-commercialism, loss, humor, ageism, and self-loathing. "The Honesty Room", Dar's first full album, was released in 1993 and was soon taken over by Waterbug Records. She then moved to the label Razor & Tie in 1995 and released her second album "Mortal City" in 1996. Other albums include "End of The Summer" (1997), "Cry Cry Cry" (1998), "The Green World" (2000), "The Beauty of the Rain" (2003), and "My Better Self" (2005), each with their own set of deeply thought out, authentic lyrics.
Dar's most recent work covers themes having to do more with a mature woman evaluating her life, rather than a young woman getting a grip of her upbringing, such as her album "Promised Land" that she released in 2008. She has supported various causes, playing in many benefit concerts as well as being the founder of Snowden Environmental Trust.
Since the 2008 release of her latest album "Promised Land," folk musician Dar Williams has been a sort of permanent fixture on the road, performing scattered shows across the country. Her album promotion will continue this summer on a month-long tour with musician Stephen Kellogg.
The 21-date adventure officially launches a performance on August 2 at the Sunset Music Series at Waterfront Gazebo in Cold Spring, NY, and continues through August 30 at Pinkney Park in Rowayton, CT. Stops include an August 16 concert at WorkPlay Theatre in Birmingham, AL, and an August 23 gig at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, IL, among other dates.
Folk-pop songstress Dar Williams hasn't completed her journey to the "Promised Land" quite yet. Originally scheduled to end at the end of October, the singer-songwriter's 2008 tour has been extended through the end of the year with recently added dates.
The fall leg of the tour launched with a September 12 show at Somerville Theatre in Somerville, MA, and continues its cross-country circuit with an October 14 concert at Boulder Theater in Boulder, CO. Highlights include a November 22 gig at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville, TN, a December 26 performance at the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA, and the closing show on December 27 at Southpaw in Brooklyn, NY.
After an August 24 concert with Judy Collins, folk-pop songstress Dar Williams will be ready to hit the road for the fall leg of her U.S. tour. The next set of performances begins September 12 in Somerville, MA, and concludes with shows on November 7 and 8 in Alexandria, VA. Grammy nominated Shawn Mullins will be the main support for the tour.
The 24-date tour of theaters and performance halls will take Williams from coast to coast in support of "Promised Land," her first studio album of original material in more than three years. The effort is scheduled for pre-tour release on September 9.