Daily Discovery: Hayward Williams, “Helpless Hands”

Hayward Williams by Adam Horwitz

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“Helpless Hands” is one of the many amazing songs featured on Hayward Williams’ recently released album, The Reef. This album was live-tracked in one room, with each song captured in the course of only a few takes. 

ARTIST:  Hayward Williams

SONG: “Helpless Hands” (If I Go Under)

BIRTHDATE: 2/25/1981

HOMETOWN: Waukesha, WI  (Wha-kih-shaw)


AMBITIONS: Continuing my career and trying out producing.

TURN-OFFS: Adherence to needless social norms.

TURN-ONS: Adherence to needed social norms.

DREAM GIG: Oh, how about a packed Troubadour.

FAVORITE LYRIC: Astral weeks…”Could you find me? Would you kiss-a my eyes?  To lay me down In silence easy To be born again”

CRAZIEST PERSON I KNOW: My bass player Chris Plowman. He’s a strange bird, bless him.

SONG I WISH I WROTE: Astral Weeks, Van Morrison

5 PEOPLE I’D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH: Living? Bruce Springsteen, Hannibal Burress, Keith Richards, Anthony Bourdain, Amy Poehler.

MY FAVORITE CONCERT EXPERIENCE: Saw Gillian Welch and David Rawlings Front row at the Barrymore in Madison, WI. It was infuriatingly gorgeous.

I WROTE THIS SONG: “Helpless Hands” (If I Go Under)

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