Dar Williams is a folk singer based in western Massachusetts. Born Dorothy Snowden Williams in 1967, Williams gravitated from her native New York to the folkie oasis of Northampton, Massachusetts, in the early 1990s. Gaining popularity with albums like 1993's THE HONESTY ROOM and 1996's MORTAL CITY, Williams became a key part of the western Massachusetts contemporary folk scene. In 1998, she formed a side project, Cry Cry Cry, with singer-songwriters Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky. Later albums such as 2005's MY BETTER SELF feature more electric, pop-oriented material reminiscent of Richard Thompson and Aimee Mann.