Country Star Marlon Williams Takes to the Road

New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Marlon Williams will tour Australia and his home country in support of his just-released, critically acclaimed self-titled debut album.

“A free-ranging complement to the assured country weirdness of last year’s Sad But True Volume III (with fellow New Zealander Delaney Davidson), Williams’ solo debut was recorded in the Christchurch satellite of Lyttelton,” Rolling Stone reports.

“While far from settled in terms of style here, Williams picks his marks and hits them. The high mesa gallop of opener ‘Hello Miss Lonesome’ gives way to the sometimes whimpering, sometimes roiling ‘Dark Child’, a lament to burgeoning manhood arrested by a twisted world, while Williams’ take on Billy Fury’s ‘Lost Without You’ chimes with post-war pop sweetness. A captivating second act plays out squarely in Williams’ country-folk heartland.”

Williams plays Adelaide’s Jive on 2 July, after dates in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Original article by Gareth Hipwell, Rolling Stone Australia, April 24, 2015.

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