Video Premiere: Chelsea Williams’ “These Days”

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Americana Highways brings you this video premiere of Chelsea Williams’ interpretation of Jackson Browne’s “These Days.” “These Days” will be available via Blue Élan Records as a single this Friday, and is Chelsea Williams on guitar and vocals, and was produced and engineered by Ross Garren, and mastered by Dave McNair.

The video was directed and edited by Jonathan Pears, with Logan Lemmon on assistant camera and Ross Garren doing the live sound and mixing.  Williams’ solitary performance in front of one mic underscores her rich vocals which resound to the spacious walls around her.  Any performance by Chelsea Williams is majestic.  Williams performed with Marc Cohn and Jackson Browne onstage last year, and this video demonstrates why she’s in such good company.

I’m pretty sure I owned a Jackson Browne record or two before I even had a device to play them on (Carole King and Neil Young make that list too). I just loved going to antique stores and thrift shops in my neighborhood and flipping through the dusty records. There was something about the smell of those things that made me happy. Old paper, dust, wax and the occasional 30 year old butt of a joint that would slip out from a fold out record. It always made my mind go wild, imagining the people who had listened to these records before me. My mom took note of this growing obsession of mine and bought me a record player for my 19th birthday. The first time I set the needle down on the vinyl and heard that crackle I was hooked.  “For Everyman” by Jackson Browne was one of the very first vinyl records I listened to. His song “These Days” immediately stood out to me. Years later, I heard Nico’s version and fell in love all over again. It’s the kind of song you can keep discovering. I find new meaning in it every time I sing it — Chelsea Williams

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