Zachary Williams, one-third of Nashville-based group The Lone Bellow, is stepping out on his own for his latest project, Dirty Camaro, due out Oct. 22 on Dualtone Records. Williams has shared the first single, “Game For Guessing,” which includes an appearance from the album’s producer, Texas singer-songwriter Robert Ellis.
Produced bu Ellis and Josh Block at Niles City Sound in Fort Worth, Texas, the album features guests including Anderson East, Ashley Monroe, John Paul White, Thad Cockrell, and the gospel group Settles Connection.
“It’s an ode to me and everyone else like me who’s pretty self involved, pretty confused, and pretty hopeful that maybe we’re actually good inside,” Williams says. “It’s a confession that I don’t know what I’m doing, a song about that razor sharp line that we walk between being a competent, but self involved person, and being a person that’s on the verge of losing their mind at any given second. The first time Robert Ellis heard me sing this song he started dying laughing and said ‘I can relate’… and maybe we all can.”
Dirty Camaro is filled with string arrangements, vaudevillian piano, touches of honky tonk, and saxophones–elements not often found in The Lone Bellow’s music. With quieter moments in “Elizabeth” and in the scorned-lover duet “Her Picture” with Monroe, there are also burn-the-house-down revivals (“That’s Why I Still Sleep With The Lights On”), gospel meditations (“Road Over That Mountain” featuring Settles Connection), bar-band tracks (“Dirty Camaro”) and lounge-singer longings (“Airplane”).
Williams is currently on tour with The Lone Bellow with solo tour dates expected in the coming months.
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