11 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

At the risk of jinxing his 2013 studio album with an ambitious title, Overnight Success is actually good enough to bump Zane Williams into superstardom. Where his preceding album, The Right Place, balanced classic honky-tonk with Texas twang-rock, the opening title track here leans harder on the latter. But it’s the clever lyrics sung from a lifer’s point of view that reveal that there’s really no such thing as an overnight success when it comes to playing rootsy country-rock. It’s almost as if Williams ran with the famous Dylan line ”Strap yourself to the tree with roots—you ain’t goin’ nowhere.” The following “Sure Felt Like Goodbye” contrasts the previous barroom swagger with a melodic love song trimmed with weepy fiddles, slide guitar, and lovelorn lyrics that at times recall Whiskeytown-era Ryan Adams. Similarly, “On a Good Day” reveals that Williams is in his best element when singing bittersweet love songs. “When You've Got a Woman” interestingly blends '90s new traditional country with the kind of alt-twang championed in bygone issues of No Depression magazine.

EDITORS’ NOTES

At the risk of jinxing his 2013 studio album with an ambitious title, Overnight Success is actually good enough to bump Zane Williams into superstardom. Where his preceding album, The Right Place, balanced classic honky-tonk with Texas twang-rock, the opening title track here leans harder on the latter. But it’s the clever lyrics sung from a lifer’s point of view that reveal that there’s really no such thing as an overnight success when it comes to playing rootsy country-rock. It’s almost as if Williams ran with the famous Dylan line ”Strap yourself to the tree with roots—you ain’t goin’ nowhere.” The following “Sure Felt Like Goodbye” contrasts the previous barroom swagger with a melodic love song trimmed with weepy fiddles, slide guitar, and lovelorn lyrics that at times recall Whiskeytown-era Ryan Adams. Similarly, “On a Good Day” reveals that Williams is in his best element when singing bittersweet love songs. “When You've Got a Woman” interestingly blends '90s new traditional country with the kind of alt-twang championed in bygone issues of No Depression magazine.

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About Zane Williams

A Lone Star State country singer with equal parts barroom swagger and poetic, new tradtionalist pop smarts, Zane Williams first caught the public's attention in 2009 when Jason Michael Carroll released a hit version of the Williams-penned "Hurry Home," a tender-hearted ballad about a father trying to reconnect with his runaway daughter -- Williams' won a $20,000 cash prize from the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest with his version of the song, which appeared on his 2006 debut album of the same name. Williams issued his sophomore outing, The Right Place, which he co-produced with Radney Foster, in 2010, followed by Ride with Me (2011) and Overnight Success (2013). His fifth studio long-player, 2015's Texas Like That, debuted at the number 31 spot on the Billboard country albums chart. In July 2016, Williams released an anthemic single, "Bringin' Country Back," which was a preview of his album of the same name, released by Williams the following October. The Bringin' Country Back album rose to 48 on the Country Albums chart and 22 on the Heatseekers chart. ~ James Christopher Monger

HOMETOWN
Abilene, TX
GENRE
Country
BORN
1977

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