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Don Williams has been country music's mellow-voiced "gentle giant" since the '70s, but he took a long hiatus from recording before 2012's And So It Goes, his highest-charting album since the '80s. The follow-up, Reflections, came around much more quickly. Like its predecessor, it's among the classiest of Williams's latter-day recordings (no small feat). In what could be seen as a nod to his 1981 hit duet with Emmylou Harris on Townes Van Zandt's "If I Needed You," Williams opens Reflections with another Townes tune, the romantically reassuring "I'll Be Here in the Morning." Later on, he shows his way with a cover of even more classic vintage, tackling Merle Haggard's gospel-tinged death-row ballad "Sing Me Back Home." But it's not just the covers that come through here—the gentle bounce of "Talk Is Cheap" (cowritten by Townes's old running buddy Guy Clark), the trenchant, twangy mission statement "Back to the Simple Things," and the easygoing, philosophical closer "The Answer" all attest to Williams's perennial powers as a warmly magnetic country crooner.

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He's the best!

I'll never get tired of listening to Don Williams. He's the best and what country music is.


Now this is country music!!

Country at its best!!!

Reminds me of home:)


Born: May 27, 1939 in Floydada, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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,...
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