One of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of her generation, Dar Williams has been engaging audiences with her musical artistry since the early 1990s when she rose from the Northeast coffeehouse circuit to the national spotlight. A native of New York's Hudson Valley, where she still resides, Williams maintains in her life and music a strong system of values, idealism and community involvement. Having released seven albums, including 2005's critically acclaimed MY BETTER SELF, her first-ever DVD, Live at the Bearsville Theater, provides abundant evidence of Williams' tuneful gifts, charming humor and empathic nature. Playing her acoustic guitar, Williams presents sixteen songs, including most of her best-known works, in solo fashion or accompanied by her longtime backing band. Williams offers to the Bearsville audience triumphant renditions of favorites from her early career like the sing-along classic 'Iowa (Traveling III),' 'The Babysitter's Here,' 'When I was a Boy,' 'As Cool As I Am' and the gorgeous 'February,' along with recent songs like the resplendent 'Spring Street,' 'Beauty of the Rain' and a new song 'The Easy Way.' Throughout her career, Williams has toured with artists such as Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ani DiFranco, Shawn Colvin, etc. Few performers create a bond from the stage with an audience like Williams does. Because her songs succeed with storytelling"intimate, honest and whimsical travails and triumphs"listeners lean forward to catch the details, which are copious and meaningful. Williams' devotion to activism remains strong as ever. Her causes celebrates range from environmental protection to social action; she has helped spearhead grassroots organizations around the country alongside her legions of fans. In 2005 she inaugurated a program called the Echoes Initiative that allows her to formally partner with various local organizations to help raise funds and awareness for their missions. Dar has also branched off into the publishing realm as an author of two novels for young readers, Amalee and Lights, Camera, Amalee, both published by Scholastic Press. Williams continues to tour regularly; a new album is due out in 2008.
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