Christian Williams | Built With Bones

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Built With Bones

by Christian Williams

13 songs of gothic country, inspired by mortality, the Book of Revelation and the dark side of love.
Genre: Avant Garde: Avant-Americana
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1. You Ain't Exempt
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2. When It's Roar Woke Me Up
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3. Rattle Trap
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4. Never the Widow
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5. Last Thing I Do
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6. Red
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7. Beneath the Branches Dancing
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8. Kingman
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9. Shake the Dust
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10. The Long Drop
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11. In the Corner of Your Eye
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12. Laudnum Lady
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13. Something Like Love
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Album Notes
Christian Williams writes dark country/folk music inspired by the nature and history of the American prairie. A trusty old Martin guitar, banjo and lonesome baritone are the foundation for his tales of mortality, love and the unknown.

“Built with Bones” is the work of a true loner. Williams wrote all of the words and music, played all of the instruments, recorded and produced the final mix in his bedroom studio and even printed and stamped the CD’s himself. He hasn’t driven away all of his friends, though, as Paul Rhyne and Cale Thibaudeau contributed their haunting artwork and photography to the album.

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Slackeye Slim

True gothic American storytelling
"'Built With Bones' is a trip deep into the prairie where the forces of good and evil duel through the details of each song's haunting and melodic beauty. Christian has a firm understanding that without evil, there can be no good and vice versa. The song titles read like short stories, and each song delivers its promise of true gothic American storytelling, the old-fashioned way."

An outstanding collection of Western Folk ...
Christian Williams' second CD, Built with Bones, is an outstanding collection of Western Folk. It takes us on a ride deep into the Badlands of Americana that is so fraught with darkness, that the pilgrimage trims all the fat from country music. Have no worries, though. Williams' voice and storytelling are strong enough to support us on the journey. Christian's baritone isn't thick, but it is so solid that even when it trembles it can support the world, much less this album's thirteen campfire tales.

Alt.Country (Netherlands)

A dark, spooky work from a true storyteller ...
"Built with Bones' is a powerful album from a youthful troubadour with a partiality for the dark side of life."


It's artists like Christian Williams that have made it so I can no longer truthf
It's artists like Christian Williams that have made it so I can no longer truthfully say "I hate country". Previously I wouldn't have touched anything close to country music with a ten-foot pole, but my hardened heart has found a place for the "classic country" sound. I blame Walk the Line.
Williams' latest release, Built With Bones, is a "gothic country" album filled with earnest songs that tell stories of love, death, temptation, murder, execution, and the end of the world.
The first track, "You Ain't Exempt", sets the tone of the record. A battered baritone, an acoustic guitar, and a story from Death's point of view reveal Williams' knack for clever lyrics ("I'm the end of the line / the caboose of your life...") and engaging stories.
Each track on the record tells a new story, with Williams using everything from saloon-style piano, six-stringed banjo, and an autoharp to transport the listener to the Old West without ever becoming hokey.
"Red" is the most memorable track on the album, telling a tale of adultery that leads to murder. The banjo creates an eerie and uneasy feeling which is further added to by Williams doubling himself in whisper with each use of the word 'red'. If I had been listening to this in the dark I would have had to turn on the light, and I mean that in the most complimentary way.
Another standout is "The Long Drop" which juxtaposes the story of a man's execution with beautiful chord changes that clash with the story that's being told. The song ends with the clap of the trap door swinging open, leading to the narrator's demise at the end of a rope. The effect was as sudden and unsettling as the end of Ambrose Bierce's An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge.
Built With Bones is not entirely built on the matter of scary campfire tales; "Never the Widow" tells of a woman's unfaltering devotion and "Something Like Love" could easily be altered into a set of non-traditional wedding vows.
If you've previously sworn off country, this is a good album to get your feet wet with. If nothing else you'll hear a few good stories you haven't before.

Smother Magazine

Reminds you of the original Hank Williams
"I thought I had heard of it all when there was country fused with hip-hop. Now gothic rock meets country head on. Christian Williams writes Southern flavored music inspired by gothic literature, dark foreboding thoughts of love, and the Book of Revelations. His music is stripped down acoustic folk that reminds you of the original Hank Williams. Old-time country pop is a lost art form and I’m glad to see a young man bringing it back."
- J-Sin, Smother Magazine