Summer 2019 may have been a scorcher, but the real fire was New York Blues Hall of Fame Artist Billie Williams’ latest album, Hell To Pay. Williams’ powerful record, her second with Grammy winning producer Danny Blume, weaves the blues into her unique style of contemporary roots music.
On the heels of Billie’s self-titled debut album, which received critical praise and worldwide airplay, Hell To Pay offers a collection of eleven new originals that showcase Williams’ songwriting and vocal prowess. Billie draws inspiration from heartbreak with her hard-hitting opening track “Damn,” and from devotion with her classic style soul tune “You.” Deeply affected by our troubling times, she also expresses her anger and concern in the feminist anthem “Ten Million Sisters,” and the title track “Hell To Pay,” which speak to the #metoo movement and the deepening socioeconomic divide.
Skillful writing, strong vocals, and world-class musicians make Billie Williams’ Hell To Pay a record that will leave a lasting impression across the musical spectrum.
“…in full blues mode, pithy, powerful, and sure of the terrain…Billie Williams is an emotionally resonant vocalist. She GIVES a performance.” — Alix Cohen, Woman Around Town
“Riveting…she sang of joy and heartache with equal conviction.” — Steve Morse, Boston Globe
“…the power and concise phrasing that Williams utilizes allow her to dive deep into the emotional well on every track. Definitely one worth checking out.” — Mark Thompson, Blues Blast Magazine