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Joy Williams' New American Songbook

Joy Williams' new solo album is "Venus." (Chuck Willis via Facebook)
Joy Williams' new solo album is "Venus." (Chuck Willis via Facebook)

Singer-songwriter and four-time Grammy winner Joy Williams is a true American artist. Born just outside of Santa Cruz, California, she grew up listening to Billie Holiday and Janis Joplin. She later stole a lot of hearts as one half of the now-disbanded folk/Americana duo The Civil Wars.

Now out with her own solo album, “Venus,” she joins Here & Now’s Robin Young for our occasional American music series, asking musicians and music lovers to share a playlist of what they think is quintessentially American music.

5 American Song Picks From Joy Williams

“Them There Eyes,” performed by Billie Holiday (1949, Decca version)

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“Mercedes Benz” by singer Janis Joplin (Pearl)

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“Gimmie All Your Love” by Alabama Shakes (Sound & Color)

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“Whiskey And You” by Chris Stapleton (Traveller)

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“Sweet Love of Mine” by Joy Williams (Venus)

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Guest

  • Joy Williams, four-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, formerly of the duo The Civil Wars. Her new album is “Venus.” She tweets @joywilliams.

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