We are Rick and Denise Williams. We grew up in Minnesota where we were dairy farmers. We started over in Tennessee in 1993 and it is definitely home now. Rick is a manufacturing engineer and I work in the box office at the Bridgestone Arena. We have an Australian Shepherd named Guthrie and a Shetland Sheepdog named Levon.
The name Hillbilly Haiku comes from a song lyric by Guy Clark and Mark D. Sanders:
Townes Van Zandt standin' at the bar
Skinnin' a Hollywood movie star
Can't remember where he parked his car
Or to whom he lost the keys
Full of angst and hillbilly haiku
What's a poor Ft. Worth boy to do
Go on rhyme somethin' for 'em man
Show 'em how you really feel
- Cold Dog Soup
I've been told Hillbilly has a negative connotation for some and may not have been the wisest choice for our moniker. To me, Hillbilly is just mountain-speak for 'country' and we come from the country. Hillbilly Haiku. Country Poetry. And coming from a writer like Guy Clark and referring to Townes Van Zandt, well, that is some great company. Our series emphasizes independent singer-songwriters and Roots/Americana artists of conscience. More and more we turn towards traditionally rooted acoustic music makers and string bands.