It’s been five years since Alex Williams was introduced as the country genre’s new outlaw with his debut album, Better Than Myself. Following the release of the album, the Indiana native embraced the outlaw lifestyle on the road over the years emulating his heroes Waylon Jennings, Billy Joe Shaver, and Willie Nelson. He found the experience bruising and he took advantage of the pandemic to find himself and reconnect with his wife and his 18-month-old son.
On his second album, Waging Peace, he sings about his life on the road and his struggles with addiction in a voice reminiscent of Waylon Jenning’s aged in whiskey baritone. He grew up with the musicians in his band in and around Pendleton, Indiana, and returning to Pendleton helped all of them reconnect and return to making music that sounds as natural as a kitchen table conversation.