Review – Williams & Company’s “Broken Compass”

Broken Compass

I know exactly what you’re thinking when you see the band name Williams & Company. What kind of name is that? It sounds like the name of an insurance firm. But just like I pointed out with Sam Outlaw earlier this year, don’t judge this group by their name. They’re a self-described neo-classic country rock band made up of Alex Williams (vocals/guitar), Sam Vanfossen (guitar/vocals) and Lucas Moomaw (drums/vocals). They formed the band at Belmont University in Nashville and together won the Belmont University Country Showcase in 2013. The artists they cite as influences on their music are Billy Joe Shaver, Waylon Jennings, The Band, Bob Marley and Steve Earle. That’s certainly a talented group to base your music off. And these influences can certainly be heard in Williams & Company’s newest single “Broken Compass.”

The sound of rollicking guitars and a piano play the song in. It’s about a rambling man who goes wherever he pleases. This man has no formal direction in his life and instead follows what he calls a broken compass. As Williams sing, “no navigation, I’m just along for the ride.” The instrumentation is rich and entertaining throughout. It’s very much a combination of traditional country and southern rock. Lead vocalist Williams’ voice sounds great, as his baritone voice cuts through the instrumentation.

It’s a pretty simple and straightforward song. There’s nothing complicated or overdone and there’s certainly no productions problems in it. For those unaware of Williams & Company I think this song serves as a good introduction and intrigues the listeners to want to hear more. This is no doubt a solid song, but I know this band is capable of making even better music than this. Hopefully we’ll more music from them soon. Williams & Company is a group with good potential that’s worth keeping an eye on and “Broken Compass” worthy of being heard.

Grade: 8/10

One thought on “Review – Williams & Company’s “Broken Compass”

  1. Derek Hudgin August 22, 2015 / 10:02 pm

    Oh man, the keyboard in this song is fantastic! I think I’d classify this as full on Southern Rock, but it’s nice nonetheless. Williams’ vocals are pretty great here too. I’ll definitely keep this group on my radar.

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