Nashville, TN – Eastern Kentuckian Tiffany Williams is an award-winning fiction writer and a self-described lexophile who’s taught high school English and studied Appalachian speech and sociolinguistics in graduate school—not to mention working as a dialect coach on the set of “The Evening Hour,” which debuted at Sundance in 2020. She’s also the daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter of eastern Kentucky coal miners. Williams’ profound way with words combined with her unique perspective of culture and heritage shines on her debut full-length album All Those Days of Drinking Dust, which was released today to the delight of fans and critics alike.
All Those Days of Drinking Dust can now be purchased or streamed by following this link. Williams’ tour continues on August 27th in Newport, Kentucky and she will make her Mountain Stage debut on August 28. A full list of tour dates can be found below or at tiffanymwilliams.com.
All Those Days of Drinking Dust In The News:
Tiffany spoke with WMOT about her Kentucky roots, multi-faceted creativity, and singing with Darrell Scott on her 2021 rendition of his song, “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive.”
Kentucky NPR affiliate WFPK recently featured “When I Come Back Around” ft. Silas House as their Song of the Day, calling it “beautiful and endearing.”
The Bluegrass Situation premiered “The Sea” ahead of the release of All Those Days of Drinking Dust.
Ditty TV sat down with Tiffany to talk about her musical beginnings, how working at the Tennessee School for the Deaf has informed her songwriting, and the key players on the new record. Along with the exclusive first listen of album standout “Harder Heart,” they commented that her “eloquence as a songwriter is striking and worth exploring.”
The Boot included “All Those Days of Drinking Dust” in its Weekly Picks.
More About All Those Days of Drinking Dust: Williams and legendary Lexington, Kentucky-based producer Duane Lundy (Ringo Starr, Jim James, Sturgill Simpson, Vandaveer) recruited an eclectic band of pickers from the Commonwealth that add energy and nuance to each track. Virtuoso cellist Ben Sollee lends a ghostly vibe to “The Sea,” while J. Tom Hnatow adds bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and steel to other tracks throughout. There’s percussion from Tripp Bratton; contributions on keys, acoustic, and electric guitars from Justin Craig; fiddle stylings from Ellie Miller; and Taylor Shuck on banjo. Fellow Kentuckian and noted New York Times best-selling novelist Silas House adds vocals to a lively duet. Lundy not only produced and contributed keys but also engineered and mixed the recording.
Along with the standout title track that opens the album, the recording is a vocal tour de force with songs all written by Williams. They run the gamut from a timely track about a woman who has nothing in her purse except “an EBT card and two full packs of Winston Lights” (“Don’t Give a Damn”) to a stunning ballad called “Harder Heart,” showcasing a narrator who wishes she weren’t so forgiving. Another highlight is “The Sea,” an image-driven articulation of longing. This theme shows up less hopefully on “Wanted It To Be” and more laidback on “When I Come Back Around,” a lively, banjo-driven duet about two people who love each other but also need to make their own ways in life. “No Bottom” plays like a powerful short story as a monologue about someone who realizes she should have taken better care of herself instead of tending to everyone else. Williams’ truest power as a vocalist is the genuine ache she possesses, never better showcased than on the closing track, “The Waiting,” when she sings “I love you like the mountains love the warm sunrise/I love you/Is that alright?”
All Those Days of Drinking Dust Tracklist:
1. All Those Days of Drinking Dust
3. Harder Heart
4. Know Your Worth
5. The Sea
6. Wanted It To Be
7. When I Come Back Around
8. Don’t Give A Damn
9. No Bottom
10. The Waiting
Catch Tiffany Williams On Tour:
Aug 27 – Newport, KY – The Southgate House Revival
Aug 28 – Charleston, WV – Mountain Stage
Sept 9 & 10 – Bristol, TN – Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
Oct 8 – Greenville, NH – Hippy Hollow
Oct 9 – Town of Rockingham, VT – Stage 33 Live
Nov 12 – Chester, MD – Macum Creek Concerts
For ticket information and more, please visit tiffanymwilliams.com.