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ASCAP honors Don Williams

Monday, September 12, 2011 – The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor Don Williams with the ASCAP Golden Note Award during its 49th Annual Country Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 6 in Nashville.

The event will also honor the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed country songs from April 1, 2010 through March 31, 2011.

The Golden Note Award is presented to songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. Past recipients include Garth Brooks, Lindsey Buckingham, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Alan Jackson, Quincy Jones, Reba McEntire, JD Souther, Stevie Wonder, André Previn and Tom Petty.

ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams said, "Don is one of country music's most successful performers of the past four decades. His knack for finding songs that speak directly to people's hearts has earned him millions of fans worldwide. He is a true international country music star, and we are very proud to honor him with ASCAP's Golden Note Award in recognition of his extraordinary career."

Texas-born recording artist and songwriter Don Williams has enjoyed 45 Top 10 hits and 17 Number 1 singles. Williams made his initial impact as a member of the mid-1960's folk-pop trio, the Pozo-Seco Singers. Williams' self-penned hits include The Shelter of Your Eyes, Lay Down Beside Me, Love Me Over Again, and his collaboration with Wayland Holyfield, Till the Rivers All Run Dry. Williams is closely associated with songwriters Bob McDill (Amanda, It Must Be Love), Danny Flowers (Tulsa Time) and Holyfield (You're My Best Friend, Some Broken Hearts Never Mend) recording hit versions of their songs.

Williams was elected last year to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The 49th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards will also include the announcements of the Songwriter of the Year, Songwriter/Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Publisher of the Year. The evening will feature performances by several award-winning songwriter/performers.

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Reflections CD review - Reflections
Listening to Don Williams is like putting on that old flannel shirt you've had since your college days; it's a comfortable fit, soft and reassuring without looking too much like something your dad might own. Williams' style of country music isn't much in fashion these days, but it carries a bit of a timeless quality with it - like George Strait, this new album could have come out any time in Williams' career. Some of that is due to the sympathetic ears of his longtime »»»
So It Goes CD review - So It Goes
Don Williams is among the country artists who have been as steady and consistent as they come. Now at the tender age of 73, Williams' bass-baritone timbre hasn't been ravaged one bit by Father Time. This latest album - his first since 2004 - is no exception with Williams offering up "Better Than Today" in a true, toe-tapping country style. From there, the singer slows the album down for a ballad Heart Of Hearts that has just the right combination of grace and musicianship. »»»
My Heart To You
Don Williams made some of the best country music records of the 1980s, like, "Good Old Boys Like Me." His understated charms seem to have been lost in the shuffle when one considers the names brought up as classic singers - Jones, Haggard, Gosdin...but not the man once dubbed the, "Gentle Giant," for his tall stature and mellow voice. Williams has never really stopped recording new material, though his hit-making Nashville days are behind him. This latest disc has some songs that should hold up »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: With or without band, Isbell satisfies – Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all. In Jason Isbell's case, though, when he performed with just his wife and fiddler Amanda Shires, it was more about substitution than subtraction.... »»»
Concert Review: Grammy nominations aside, Yola, Kiah are the real deal – Grammy nominations do not make the artist, but Yola and opener Amythyst Kiah underscored time and again on this night that the honors were well deserved. In fact, Yola and Kiah's other group, Our Native Daughters, are nominated in the same category - Best American Roots. Yola has three other nominations as well. The clear winners... »»»
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