The Liverpool-born, Newcastle-upon-Tyne-based singer has been honing her songwriting skills since the release of her 1999 album, Dog Leap Stairs, recorded for just £80. Its follow-up, Little Black Numbers, was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2000, an award won by Badly Drawn Boy.
Crown Electric is Kathryn's tenth album and keen Elvis aficionados will spot the title as the name of the power company that employed the young Presley as a delivery truck driver before he got the call to record his first session at Sun Studios. Kathryn says she just liked the way the name sounded.
"As soon as I said it, the words in my mouth felt lovely. It felt exciting and fresh but it also had the sound of a classic album. It has strength to it. It's steadfast."
Kathryn's music treads a fine line between folk and pop. During her career she has worked with John Martyn, Tom McRae, Chris Difford, Teddy Thompson, Robyn Hitchcock, Badmarsh and Shri, Thea Gilmore and Sandie Shaw. She is also a member of The Crayonettes, a band she formed with friend Anna Spencer.
On Crown Electric, which is released on September 30, she collaborates with Ed Harcourt (on the tracks Darkness Light, Morning Twilight and Sequins) and James Yorkston (on the track Arwen).
"I feel strangely giddy about this record," she says. "I feel like I've hit a point in my writing where I don't feel apologetic." She mentions the opening line from her song Tequila: 'Be brave enough to be yourself.' ''That's what I'm trying to do with this record," she says. "To feel all the doubts and do it anyway. It's about coming to terms with where you are and what matters and being happy with your lot. This record is all about how time matters. It's the most precious thing we have."
Currently enjoying the most prolific phase of her career, Crown Electric's songs were narrowed down from a pool of 60 with the help of producer Neill MacColl who also worked with Kathryn on 2008's Two and 2010's The Quickening.
The album was recorded live in three days at Bryn Derwen Studios in Snowdonia with Neill as guitarist, bandleader and producer, Lamb's Jon Thorne on double bass and Cinematic Orchestra's Luke Flowers on drums.
Kathryn Williams' 2013 UK tour dates:
Sept 10: Band On The Wall, Manchester; Sept 12: The Musician, Leicester; Sept 17: Arts Centre, Norwich; Sept 18: Junction 2, Cambridge;
Sept 21: The Haymarket, Basingstoke;
Sept 22: Glee Club, Cardiff;
Sept 24: The Louisiana, Bristol;
Sept 25: Komedia, Brighton;
Sept 26: St Mary's Church, Guildford;
Sept 27: Huntingdon Hall, Worcester;
Oct 1: The Prince Albert, Stroud;
Oct 2: The Fishpond, Matlock;
Oct 5: Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal;
Oct 8: The Lemontree, Aberdeen;
Oct 9: Green Hotel, Kinross;
Oct 10: Oran Mor, Glasgow;
Oct 11: The Caves, Edinbugh;
Oct 16: Greystones, Sheffield;
Oct 18: Old School, Saltburn;
Oct 20: The Waiting Room, Stockton;
Oct 22: Telford's Warehouse, Chester;
Oct 24: Arts Centre, Selby;
Nov 10: The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge;
Nov 11: Cluny 2, Newcastle;
Nov 19: Union Chapel, London.