It’s hard to believe it, but Dar Williams has been recording for seventeen years! Many Great Companions (Razor and Tie) is the folk singer-songwriter’s just-released double CD. A career retrospective, it features a number of guest appearances by folk and pop stars: Sean and Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patty Larkin, Motherlode, and Gary Louris of the Jayhawks.
One disc is a greatest hits compilation; but the other is a set of 12 stripped down acoustic versions of songs from Williams’ catalog. Thus, while it’s a handy overview, it’s hardly a redundant addition to any fan’s collection. Indeed, it’s stirring to hear Williams’ voice as strong as ever on the new acoustic versions of her songs. It’s equally refreshing to witness the strength of this material, which thrives without the need for any studio embellishments.
A free download of one of these unplugged renditions, “If I Wrote You,” is below.
MP3: If I Wrote You (Dar Williams, featuring Gary Louris)
Want more free music? We’re running a giveaway: the first person to email me with the title of Williams’ debut album gets a free copy of Many Great Companions!
Tomorrow at 12:30 PM (EST), Dar will be taking part in a live performance and Q&A. You can check it out on Livestream, or come back here to watch it on the embedded player below.