JOY WILLIAMS’ FRONT PORCH OUT TODAY
May 3, 2019
NEW SOLO ALBUM RECEIVES
Joy Williams’ highly anticipated new album Front Porch is out today on Sensibility/Thirty Tigers. Purchase/stream the record—produced by Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids and engineered by Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price)—HERE.
The record is currently #1 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart and #9 overall. DSP support has been substantial with the main flow case on Apple Music, New Music Friday on Spotify, New Release flow case on Amazon music as well as extensive playlisting and additional features across all platforms.
Front Porch is the subject of extensive early critical praise from NPR, Rolling Stone, Forbes and many more.
“Joy Williams claims no particular ties to a vernacular tradition, but she’s found some of the haunting qualities of those melodies suited to the language of longing she speaks…she’s plaintive and wholly present in her singing, and builds toward bell-like, sustained notes.”
“Her voice steals the spotlight, with everything building toward Williams’ ringing, crystal-clear glory note in each chorus.”
“a stunning singer/songwriter collection of songs about love, life, loss and longing”
“a breathtaking work that takes listeners on an emotionally compelling journey through gorgeous melodies and lyrics”.
“a standout for its genuine sentiment and Williams’ tender vocal performance”
“One of the greatest achievements of Front Porch is that it doesn’t allow instrumentation or complicated harmony to distract from Williams’ near-perfect vocal.”
“Williams is devastatingly articulate and delightfully forthright.”
“Williams’ voice is soft and reassuring for the weary soul.”
“Stripped down even by the standards of this reliably low-fi artist, Front Porch feels as intimate as a whisper.”
“Williams’ songbird vocals are in career-best form.”
“an album full of emotional standouts”
Front Porch features 12 new songs and represents a new chapter in Williams’ career, recording the album in Nashville while pregnant with her second child. She reflects, “There is an energy that is very creative in having a baby. It gives a sense of urgency on top of all the creative energy. Cellularly, your body is experiencing something really different. Everything you are feeling is elevated. And you have a time-stamped sense of urgency.”
“So much of this is about coming home,” adds Williams. “Whether to a physical place or to yourself. The lines on my face, I can see them more clearly now. But a lot of them are laugh lines. This record feels like breathing more deeply into who I am. Come what may.”