Joy Williams Debuts Solo Material at Intimate New York Show

By Annie Reuter

Joy Williams’ solo set last night (May 14) in New York was one part concert, and one part art exhibit. And it was all parts mesmerizing.

Best known as one-half of four-time GRAMMY-winning country-folk duo the Civil Wars, Williams performed her second of three select tour dates at New York’s Gramercy Theatre to a very attentive crowd.

The audience was hearing the majority of the new material from her forthcoming album Venus for the first time, and they gave the singer-songwriter their unyielding attention. Six songs in, Williams showed her appreciation when addressing the crowd for the first time.

“I should have worn waterproof mascara you guys,” she said, getting emotional. “It feels really good to be back here. I can’t believe you all came.”

Having spent the past week in New York, Williams said she loves the fact that she can walk one city block and smell “Italian food and weed and subway scuzz and 12 different kinds of cologne and perfume,” adding that she feels “energized and exhausted and invigorated” all at the same time.

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