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Bluegrass/gospel artist Paul Williams is both an accomplished mandolin player and tenor vocalist. Raised in eastern Tennessee, Williams began his musical career in the early '50s as part of Lonesome Pine Fiddlers. Afterwards, he signed up with Jimmy Martin's Sunny Mountain Boys (Williams was joined in the group by one of the most respected banjo players ever, J.D. Crowe), but by 1963, Williams had given up on his musical career, as he took a job with the U.S. Postal Service. He didn't turn his back on music entirely however, as he performed gospel music around regionally. After his retirement, Williams' interest in music was rekindled, as he issued a pair of albums in the late '90s, 1997's self-titled debut and 1999's Old Ways and Old Paths.