WUIS' Bedrock 66 Live!
Doug & Telisha Williams
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Doug and Telisha Williams hail from Martinsville, Virginia, where boarded up factories stand as monuments to how fast the world can change. When they write and sing songs about dying small towns, they know what they’re talking about. The unemployment rate where they live is 20.2 %. When you hear them sing songs about a couple of hard luck kids who made some bad decisions and wound up in jail, you’ve got to remember that Doug & Telisha are still good friends with those kid’s family.
“Seems like everybody we know is living what you read about in the papers,” says Doug. Their hometown sits in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains Like the very best singer-songwriters, this duo gives a voice to the struggles of everyday people, as well ghosts of the past. “When we opened for Charlie Louvin and heard him sing his amazing Knoxville Girl,” says Telisha, “I had to wonder about her side of the story. All I had to do was ask and she told us.”
Telisha’s voice rises from way down deep and delivers the honest truth with a frank clearness that never wavers. You never for one minute doubt that the emotion is real. Having played and written together since they were teenagers, Doug’s guitar and harmonies follow suit giving soul to heart. And, when Doug takes the mic for his story songs, you can imagine Flannery O’Connor nodding in praise.
No matter how far they roam, Doug and Telisha always find their way back home. A place that holds tight to the intricacies and contradictions of life in the south today. A place where old time religion, superstition, rundown bars, gravel parking lots and boarded up factories tell stories that wind up being songs. A place where in just one set, Doug & Telisha can still send audience members to their feet in applause, to their knees in prayer, and back to the bar to buy another beer.
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