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Couple will have third album, returning to city
In this July 27 Bulletin file photo, Telisha and Doug Williams, formerly of Martinsville and now of East Nashville, Tenn., perform at FloydFest 11 in Patrick County. They have a new album on the way and are returning to Martinsville to play Friday at the Rives Theatre. (Bulletin photo by Mike Wray)
Thursday, December 13, 2012
By BEN R. WILLIAMS - Bulletin Staff Writer
With a new album on the way and a year in Nashville, Tenn., under their belts, Doug and Telisha Williams are returning to Martinsville on Friday for a hometown performance.
The new album, their third, titled “Things That Used to Shine,” will enter the recording process soon. The recording expenses have been funded by donations through the website Kickstarter.com.
Kickstarter, which was created in 2009, provides tools for groups and individuals to raise funds for creative projects. The person creating the fundraiser campaign sets a financial goal, and donors have a set length of time to meet that goal.
If the goal is met, the project is funded. If the project does not meet its goal, the donors get their money back.
The donation goal for “Things That Used to Shine” was $25,000. When the donation window closed Nov. 14, 340 backers had donated a total of $30,930.
As Doug Williams put it, “The goal was a lot of money, and we raised a heck of a lot of money.”
“We’re thrilled with how that went,” he added. “It’s unbelievable. We owe (the donors) the best that we can possibly do.”
To that end, the new album will be overseen by Ray Kennedy, a Nashville-based producer and four-time Grammy award winner for music production.
On their two previous albums, 2003’s “Rope Around My Heart” and 2009’s “Ghost of the Knoxville Girl,” Williams said that “both Telisha and I played a pretty heavy hand in the production,” including mixing and mastering the album. With “Things That Used to Shine,” they plan to hand these responsibilities off to Kennedy and “get out of the production completely.”
“We’ll record, walk away and come back, and he’ll tell us what we’ve got,” Williams said.
Although he is proud of all their albums, Williams said that the new album will be a bit different.
“It’s a progression,” Williams said. “We don’t want to make the same record twice. The next time, we’ll do something different again.”
As an example of something different, Williams said that Kennedy plans to record Telisha Williams through a special preamplifier he owns; a preamplifier that was used during the recording of The Beatles’ “Abbey Road.”
During the last few years, Doug and Telisha Williams have received national press. They have toured in 47 of the 50 states and hope to visit the remaining three soon: New Hampshire, Maine and Hawaii.
Their last album, “Ghost of the Knoxville Girl,” spent 15 weeks on the Americana Music Association Radio Top 40 chart.
The Williamses will be returning to Martinsville to headline the 6th annual Jingle Bell Jam at the Rives Theatre on Friday.
“We’ve really enjoyed every single one of them,” Williams said of the previous jams.
In the past, Doug and Telisha Williams have hosted the event and brought in nationally recognized touring acts to headline. Now, they are the nationally recognized touring act.
No matter where they live, Williams said that they always enjoy visiting and playing in Martinsville.
“Martinsville is where we’re both from,” he said, “and we’ll always have a strong connection there.”
The Jingle Bell Jam will take place at the Rives Theatre. Will Zimmer and Friends will be opening for the Williamses. The doors will open at 7 p.m., and the show will start at 8 p.m.
Tickets cost $8 in advance and are available at Studio 107 and Woodall’s Music. Tickets will cost $10 at the door on the night of the show. Live at the Rives Theatre series passes also will be accepted.