Victoria Williams has probably always been an acquired taste. Critic Robert Christgau gave three of her first four albums a B+, A- and A-, but his embrace of her talent was guarded. “Her roots are in Cajunland, so naturally she sings like a cross between Dolly Parton and Yoko Ono.
Roots rocker Butch Walker grew up playing Rolling Stones songs in his high school cover band. “I was mostly into heavy metal and stuff like that, so there’s no way I was going to be great at having the nuance and technique of those players,” he says. “I was probably playing those songs on a shitty Ibanez with a pointy headstock and too much distortion, not really nailing the sentiment and the vibe.”