Album Review – ‘Empty Rooms’ from Justin Clyde Williams

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The world was a much different place in May of 2019 when Justin Clyde Williams released his four song EP, “Preamble.” Appropriately titled, meaning – “a preliminary or preparatory statement, an introduction,” the rising singer/songwriter returns with his first full length album – “Empty Rooms” – after navigating a literal work stoppage of the live music industry due to the coronavirus.

However, the title track isn’t a pandemic anthem but a heartfelt ballad of the struggle many artists face on the road to becoming a household name. Playing anywhere and everywhere, paying their dues, and with the unique setup of this album – literally recorded in an empty room on one take, with a single microphone, guitar and fiddle accompaniment by Matt Parks – listeners can not only hear, but feel that journey.

This entire album is a raw, powerful, unfiltered trip from start to finish. Few artists are able to tackle some of the difficult topics addressed in a few of the early tracks like Williams while also displaying the range to incorporate a quality love song or two. Ultimately, the record wraps with ‘Good Times‘, a song about the passing of one partner in a relationship but also with an underlying theme for Williams entire debut album – “it takes bad times, to know good times.”

The world may have changed, but Justin Clyde Williams‘ raw, natural sound that debuted when “Preamble” set the stage over two years ago still rings true. Capturing a roller coaster of emotions sure to reach a wide audience for multiple different reasons, it’s a safe bet Williams’ days of playing any “empty rooms” are behind him.

TRACK LIST:

1 – Blood On Your Hands

2 – Boys From Broken Homes

3 – Kansas City

4 – Livin’ Hard

5 – Back Turned To You

6 – Empty Rooms

7 – Breach The Gates

8 – No Demise

9 – Good Times

Upcoming Tour Dates:

10/8 – Lion’s Den – Pinetop, AZ

10/9 – Lion’s Den – Pinetop, AZ

10/11 – Sam’s Town Point – Austin, TX
10/12 – Hwy Bar – Arlington, TX
10/13 – Ironhorse Saloon – Oologah, OK

10/14 – Bucks Bar and Grill – Venice, NE
10/15 – The Mission – Jefferson City, MO
10/15 – Gene’s Country Club – Pevely, MO
10/16 – Captains Sports Lounge – Lake Lotawana, MO

See more at JustinClydeWilliams.com

RedDirtNC Albums of the Year, 2018

Here are the RedDirtNC picks for album of the year in 2018.

Let’s begin by stating the obvious – 2018 was an epic year for the music industry. So many artists released new albums, some first expeditions and others more seasoned renditions but both found success throughout the calendar year.

It seems the end of every year brings about a number of different lists and while some outlets elect to rank their selections, others only offer 10 or so of their favorites. For us, we’ve decided to not rank these as each earned its own way into consideration and we’ll say it was extremely difficult but we’ve narrowed an entire year’s worth of releases down to nine full length albums.

In order by release date over the 2018 calendar year, here are the albums that made an impact in the scene, were spinning from the moment they arrived and kept us entertained throughout the year.


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Steak Night at the Prairie Rose, Mike and the Moonpies
Released February 2
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What It’s Like to Fly Alone, Courtney Patton
Released February 16
Available here

Years, Sarah Shook
Released April 6
Available here

The Tree of Forgiveness, John Prine
Released April 13
Available here

Providence Canyon, Brent Cobb
Released May 11
Available here

Things Change, American Aquarium
Released June 1
Available here

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Hebert Island, William Clark Green
Released August 10
Available here

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Shooter, Shooter Jennings
Released August 10
Available here

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Jumping Over Rocks, Jamie Lin Wilson
Released October 26
Available here

Welcome to Red Dirt NC

On a mission to spread the love for red dirt & Americana music throughout North Carolina…

The sounds of Texas country, red dirt music and Americana ring true throughout the south central region of the United States. Artists can make a living traveling through these areas and rarely need to venture outside the Texas panhandle in order to find new fans.

Thanks to the far-reaching powers of Internet, people everywhere can now enjoy the sounds of guitars mixed with fiddles, drums, harmonicas, pedal steel and sometimes, even an accordion. While listening can transport you to a different place, remind you of a past event or propel you into the future – getting to witness these amazing artists in person is an entirely different treat.

Here at Red Dirt NC, we’re not promoters attempting to sell out venues or find the next big star but we are interested in shining a light on all of the musicians who bring their words to life in the form of red dirt, down home, Americana music.

The good thing about red dirt is it can expand from a simple “One Chord Song” to be “All I Need” while knowing that “The Road Goes On Forever (And the Party Never Ends).” Nearing the line of rock music and often crossing over while simultaneously swinging back to the other side of the spectrum with acoustic simplicity and entertaining lyrics that tell a story of hard times, good times and everything else in between.

We only want more people in North Carolina to experience these feelings. You won’t find it on the radio but it’s out there. Music that can speak to your soul and artists who appreciate each and every one of their fans. Good people all around, both on stage and in the crowd. Behind the scenes and in front of the microphone. All coming together for a good time.

The artists, sound and red dirt music is already present in North Carolina but we’re hoping to make it easier to find and enjoy. Shine a light on our own homegrown talent and introduce North Carolinians to the many others who share a similar taste in music and lifestyle.

All while finding new fans along the way … one song at a time.