Victoria Williams is a well-known artist who has played all around the world on stages ranging from New York's Beacon Theater to The Bottom Line, to the Folies Bergere with Randy Newman in Paris, and from festival stages to country dive-bars both as a solo artist and with her band The Loose Band and later the Harmony Ridge Creek-Dippers. She has worked with Lou Reed, Peter Case, Neil Young, Gus VanSant, D.A. Pennebaker, Mark Olson, Pearl Jam, Maria McKee, Rickie Lee Jones and many other music and film luminaries.
Williams is also well known to the Sweet Relief family. In 1993, she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Because she didn't have health insurance at the time, a great group of musicians got together and made the album Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams, to raise funds for her medical costs. With the money remaining, Williams created the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund for the benefit of other musicians.
She has made 14 records herself, as well as on many other artists recordings. She has starred in motion pictures and documentaries, and has charmed and entertained music lovers wherever she has gone for almost four decades. Her list of collaborators and associates is a treasure-trove of some of the world's finest artists and filmmakers.
Williams has dedicated her life to sharing her love of music and her particular brand of storytelling with anyone who has ears to hear. She has played countless fund-raising events over the years for the benefit others.
In mid-December 2015, She had a seizure and injured her back and fractured her shoulder. With rest, appropriate medical care, and physical therapy, she is expected to fully recover. Her medical insurance will not be covering these costs. Also, the amount of time her healing requires is going to keep her from working for a while. Any time off for a working musician is a financial hardship and the longer it takes, the larger the bills.
She will also be requiring paid assistance around the house while she convalesces. With proper help, it shouldn't be long before she is able to pick up her banjo or Stratocaster again.
To help Victoria Williams, you can send donations to http://sweetrelief.org/