Holly Williams’ Afternoon Off

As I write this, the feel-like temperature in my neighborhood is minus 42. Schools are closed. Highways are shut down. And the doors on my car are frozen shut. So that sounds like the perfect day to take an afternoon off, right? And I’m doing it with Holly Williams.

The singer-songwriter, the daughter of Hank Williams Jr. and granddaughter of Hank Williams, capped her The Afternoon Off blog with a photo album of her best moments from 2013. It’s kind of diary and a scrapbook in one, and if you love her music, you will love taking this 12-month journey with her.

There are things she ate (chocolate chip pancakes, fried chicken, caramelized shallots, bacon chowder, fried wild salmon, crunchy black-eyed peas, In-N-Out burgers and ginger beer), things she wore (an Alexander McQueen wrap, a Yigal Azrouel scarf, Uggs, a Raquel Allegra dress, a Jerome Dreyfuss bag, a Rick Owens jacket, IRO shorts, a satchel from Target and Frye Dorado riding boots), the country greats she took photos with (Willie Nelson, Zac Brown Band, Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Miller and Kris Kristofferson), plus stages she played, concerts she saw and a handful of photos of her husband Chris Coleman, a musician who tours with Kings of Leon.

But if I had to pick a favorite photo from this year-end gallery, it would be Williams’ shot of a beat-up old acoustic guitar until you read her caption.

“My granddaddy’s guitar that Mr. Neil Young owns. Finally got to ‘meet’ him,” Williams wrote of the guitar Hank Williams Sr. played.

Reflecting on all that’s happened during the past 12 months, Williams wrote, “It was the busiest year of my life, and I’m constantly struggling with making sure I have adequate time for all of my loved ones. Finding more balance between my work and personal life is my new journey for 2014. I hope yours was as crazy beautiful and fabulously exhausting as mine, filled with all of the incredible highs and painful lows that make all of us who we are.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.