"And So It Goes" by Don Williams on iTunes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Known as "The Gentle Giant" for his formidable size and penchant for poignant, laid-back ballads and mellow, countrypolitan sounds, Don Williams, a Country Music Hall of Famer, returns with his first new album in eight years. It sounds as if it could have been recorded and released 20 or 30 years ago, such is its adherence to Williams' trademark style. Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Chris Stapleton, and Keith Urban guest, with Krauss providing the biggest kick with her vocal and fiddle performance on the ballad "I Just Come Here for the Music." Gill and Urban join for the ballad "She's with Me" and the upbeat "Imagine That," which features a rhythmic shuffle not unlike Williams' hit "Tulsa Time." "First Fool in Line" throws Spanish guitar into the mix. Williams' unhurried delivery speaks with the maturity and wisdom of age. His songs play out like heartfelt observations on a world where styles may change but human truths never do. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Known as "The Gentle Giant" for his formidable size and penchant for poignant, laid-back ballads and mellow, countrypolitan sounds, Don Williams, a Country Music Hall of Famer, returns with his first new album in eight years. It sounds as if it could have been recorded and released 20 or 30 years ago, such is its adherence to Williams' trademark style. Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Chris Stapleton, and Keith Urban guest, with Krauss providing the biggest kick with her vocal and fiddle performance on the ballad "I Just Come Here for the Music." Gill and Urban join for the ballad "She's with Me" and the upbeat "Imagine That," which features a rhythmic shuffle not unlike Williams' hit "Tulsa Time." "First Fool in Line" throws Spanish guitar into the mix. Williams' unhurried delivery speaks with the maturity and wisdom of age. His songs play out like heartfelt observations on a world where styles may change but human truths never do. 

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5

18 Ratings

He still soothes me

TrinaOnline,

I was thrilled when I found that DW was touring and also put out a new album. I sure hope he plays in my area (Pacific Northwest) after his Europe tour.

DW has been my top-played country artist for many years (I am now 45). His Greatest Hits album is my favorite. In playing DW's new album, "And so it Goes," I was very curious to know what he/the songs would sound like. My first reaction was relief, as it instantly reminded me of how soothing his voice is. As I continued through the album, I continued to feel soothed and enjoyed the gentle sound of him that I have been so familiar with all of these years.

Perhaps because I am so partial to his Greatest Hits, I would choose those songs over this new album, however, his voice is still so great and comforting in each new song, so I still found it very pleasing and will include it in my playlist. I bet before long I will find that I really enjoy them mixed in with his Greatest Hits/older songs as my playlist shuffle-plays through his songs. There is an added specialness knowing that he was willing to tour and put a new album out after so many years. Don William's is a true country music star legend, in the simplest of ways. I am so pleased he is again sharing his talents and added songs to his collection for us to enjoy.

A true legend!!

Xplore300,

Don is truly one of a kind. Love it!!

About Don Williams

With his laid-back, straightforward vocals and large, imposing build, Don Williams came to be known as "the Gentle Giant." That nickname was bestowed on him in the early '70s, when he began a string of countrypolitan hits that ran into the early '90s. Williams was never known as an innovator, but his ballads were immensely popular; in the course of his career, he had a total of 17 number one hits.

Williams began playing guitar when he was child, learning the instrument from his mother. As a teenager, he played in a variety of country, rockabilly, folk, and rock & roll bands. After completing high school, he formed his first band with a friend named Lofton Kline. Williams and Kline recruited another singer, Susan Taylor, and formed the Pozo-Seco Singers, a folk-pop group, in 1964. The following year, the band signed a contract with Columbia Records. In 1966, the Pozo-Seco Singers had a pop hit with "Time," which climbed into the Top 50. For the next two years, they had a series of minor hits, highlighted by two Top 40 hits in late 1966, "I Can Make It with You" and "Look What You've Done." The group stayed until 1971.

After the Pozo-Seco Singers disbanded, Williams decided to pursue a career as a songwriter in Nashville, since he wasn't convinced that he was suited for a solo career. He signed with Jack Clement's Jack Music, Inc., initially just as a songwriter. By the end of 1972, he had signed with JMI as a solo artist, releasing "Don't You Believe" as his debut. The song went nowhere, but "The Shelter of Your Eyes" climbed to number 14 at the beginning of 1973. For the next year, Williams scored a string of minor hits before he had his 1974 breakthrough, "We Should Be Together," which reached number five. The single led to a contract with ABC/Dot. "I Wouldn't Want to Live If You Didn't Love Me," his first single for ABC/Dot, reached number one in the summer 1974. The single launched a string of Top Ten hits that ran more or less uninterrupted until 1991; between 1974 and 1991, only four of his 46 charting singles didn't make the Top Ten. Instead of reaching the top of the charts with his original material, most of his big hits were covers of other songwriters, including John Prine, Bob McDill, Dave Loggins, and Wayland Holyfield.

During the '70s, Don Williams became the most successful country artist in the world. His country-pop not only crossed over into the American pop mainstream, it also gained him a large following in England and Europe. In addition to his Top Ten hits, Williams won several country music awards, highlighted by the Country Music Association naming him Male Vocalist of the Year in 1978, the same year his number one single, "Tulsa Time," was named Single of the Year. In the late '70s, he began acting, appearing primarily in the films of his friend Burt Reynolds, including W.W. & the Dixie Dancekings and Smokey & the Bandit II.

In the early '80s, Williams slowed down the pace of his career slightly, as he was suffering from back problems. Nevertheless, the hits continued to come and many of his singles reached number one. In 1986, he left MCA Records -- which had acquired the ABC label while he was recording for it -- and signed with Capitol. The change in labels didn't affect his career at all, as he continued to hit the Top Ten with regularity. In 1987, he underwent back surgery, which cured his problems. Williams signed with RCA Records in 1989. Initially, he continued to have hits, but his streak came to an end in early 1992, following his last Top Ten single, "Lord Have Mercy on a Country Boy." Although he continued to perform in the mid-'90s, he had effectively retired to his Nashville farm, returning to recording in 1998 with I Turn the Page.

After some limited touring, Williams resumed his recording career with My Heart to You on Sugar Hill/Compendium in 2004, followed in 2006 by his "Farewell Tour of the World," playing throughout the United States and Europe, and another retirement. This one lasted until 2012, when he re-emerged with the acclaimed And So It Goes on Sugar Hill. Williams continued recording and performing, and released Reflections in March of 2014. The year 2016 brought another retirement for Williams, who announced he was ready to "enjoy some quiet time at home." He died in September 2017 at the age of 78. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

  • ORIGIN
    Floydada, TX
  • BORN
    May 27, 1939

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