20th Anniversary of The Honesty Room shows
About Dar Williams
One of the most lauded singer-songwriters of her generation, Dar Williams has been captivating audiences with her sheer elegance and honesty in her folk-pop songwriting since the early ’90s. With dedicated fans selling out her shows all across the country (and world) and her inimitable songs hitting the charts with the release of each new album, Dar’s continued success is undeniable as both a recording artist and performer. The music business is drastically different today as compared to 1993 when the budding singer-songwriter first self-released The Honesty Room (her debut album was later re-released by Razor & Tie in 1995). But with the ever-changing tides of the industry, Dar has remained unwavering in her socio-political and environmental beliefs, and her captivating storylines have remained relevant. Her poignant lyrical commentary and beautiful musical arrangements have entranced the music world for more than two decades.
In honor of her storied career that bears an impressive line-up of top accolades, Dar Williams performs present-day takes on the 13 singular songs featured on The Honesty Room, performed in its entirety for the first time ever.
Dar shares the following with her fans as she gears up for the forthcoming concerts:
“There was no music business in my life when I put out The Honesty Room. Friends like The Nields were letting let me open for them, as did Jaime Morton, who also took my press photos for no money. Johnny Memphis let me be a Homegrown radio hour guest on WRSI. I spent a lot of time making flyers with the nice folks at Paradise Copies, and Jordi Herold put me up on the Iron Horse stage as often as he could. Ed McKeown and John Ramsey made ‘The Babysitter’s Here’ the first track on the WWUH fundraising compilation, my first cut on a CD!
Rusty Annis said I could record for free in his basement, Shoestring Studios (his daughter Mary talks about spinach after the babysitter song), and Adam Rothberg produced the tracks at a basement rate. All the other musicians were generous and supportive. On January 13th, 1994, my first case of The Honesty Room CDs arrived at The Iron Horse, four hours before the release party!
Soon after, WFUV and WXPN took The Honesty Room on, completely unsolicited. Alan Rowoth made me the poster child of internet chat groups. I played at Newport before I even signed with Razor and Tie. Young/Hunter Management said they’d work with me, and Fleming Tamulevich booking said they were willing to take a risk with me, too. I was in Iowa when I got that call. They sent me right off to open for Ani DiFranco in Beloit, Wisconsin, and guess which song I started to write? The Honesty Room was more of an adventure than an album, with a seeming cast of thousands to help me on my way. And now The Honesty Room is twenty years old.
I hope you can join us for a revisiting of The Honesty Room, the album that introduced me to women who said, ‘I was that babysitter,’ and men who confided, ‘I was a girl, too.’”
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“This is music that speaks of the heart, the soul, and the mind; her messages are articulate and well-crafted” – AllMusic