Folk Duo Robin & Linda Williams Perform in Monterey Saturday May 13


The Highland County Arts Council’s Second Saturday @ 7 concert series brings talented folk musicians Robin and Linda Williams to Monterey on Saturday, May 13.  Robin and Linda Williams started off as a duo in the 1970’s.  They’ve recorded more than twenty albums, performed many times on A Prairie Home Companion and written songs recorded by Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tom T. Hall, Emmylou Harris and others.

“Our music is acoustic music, that has it’s roots in the Appalachian tradition, that having been said we’re songwriters as well,” says Williams.  “We use the Appalachian tradition to help us in our songwriting. I guess we’re known for our songwriting and our singing.  We’ve been playing for fifty years, been doing it for a long time.  You know, kind of flying below the radar of the official music business, but we’ve always made a living.  We’ve traveled and played every state of the union, except Hawaii, played Europe.  You know, it’s been a good career, traveling around, playing on the road.  We don’t do it as much as we used to now, but that doesn’t bother us.  We don’t mind being at home these days, certainly we couldn’t do it the way we used to do it, being on the road two hundred days a year.  You know, it’s a lifetime of having lived a dream playing music and having music as our life.”

Music cut – Leaving Home

“To be able to play music for a living is a blessing and it took me awhile to realize that it was a blessing and that if we were going to keep our luck going, to be able to play music, that we had to really, really work at it,” says  Williams.  “So, luckily we learned that lesson.  We made a habit of whenever a door opened, going through that door and answering the call.  If something was expected of us, when one door closed, we opened a new one and then we answered the call.  Whatever it took to keep going forward.”

Music Cut – A Better Day A Coming

“The reason we keep doing it is because we like it,” says Williams.  “It’s playing in front of people is why we do it.  The other work, the solitary work, writing songs, practicing, that’s the work and the reason we go through that is so that we can get in front of people and play live.  That’s the real joy that we get out of what we do.”

Robin and Linda Williams perform Saturday, May 13, at 7pm at The Highland Center in Monterey.  Admission is $10 at the door.   You can learn more at

The Highland County Arts Council is a supporter of Allegheny Mountain Radio.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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