I love listening to Victoria Williams sing. Lou Reed said she sings with “majestic power.” Neil Young hired her to open for him in 1992 and hadn’t even met her.
That Neil Young tour, though, was where she started to encounter the numb fingers and hands. Ultimately diagnosed with MS, it was the fundraisers, concerts and benefits put on by Neil, Pearl Jam, The Jayhawks and others to raise money to help cover her medical expenses that exposed her wonders to more fans. I saw her at a Lilith Fair in ’97 and I was hooked. Listen to “Crazy Mary” or “Holy Spirit” and see what happens.