Laid-back, smooth-voiced country icon Don Williams was a consistent hitmaker in the 1970s and ’80s, when he earned the nickname “Gentle Giant” for his easygoing style (not to mention the fact he was rather tall).
Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010, Williams has been mostly retired in recent years on his Tennessee farm. However, he recently announced he’ll be releasing a brand new album, his first in eight years.
Titled And So It Goes, the album is due to hit stores June 19, courtesy of Sugar Hill Records. You can get a taste of what’s to come via the Soundcloud link that Sugar Hill posted for the track “What If It Worked Like That.”
The album is produced by Don’s longtime collaborator Garth Fundis, and it will feature such esteemed guests as Keith Urban, Alison Krauss and Vince Gill.
“We weren’t looking to reinvent Don,” Fundis has said, “just to make a good new Don Williams record.”
“The longer you do it [songwriting, recording, and performing], the harder it becomes to do things that aren’t just an echo of something you’ve already done,” writes Williams on his website. “Of course, when you do lock into it, the fact that you’ve lived all those years and seen so much allows you to bring a lot of things to the song you couldn’t have when you were starting out.”
Don Williams performing one of his classic hits, “Amanda”:
– Kurt Wolff, CBS Local