Tuesday, February 7, 2017
– The Gentle Giant, Don Williams, may have retired last year, but his music certainly is not being forgotten.
Williams' longtime producer Garth Fundis has produced a tribute album, "Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams," featuring Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Brandy Clark, Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires, Alison Krauss, Lady Antebellum, Keb' Mo', Pistol Annies, John Prine, Chris and Morgane Stapleton and Trisha Yearwood. The 11-track album will be released on Slate Creek Records on Friday, May 26, in honor of Williams' birthday the following day.
"It has been my privilege to work frequently with Don through the years, and I'm proud to honor him with this new project," said Fundis. "All of the artists on the album have been huge Don Williams fans for years. It makes the entire project very personal and very meaningful."
Songs on the CD are:
1. "Tulsa Time" - Pistol Annies
2. "I Believe in You" - Brandy Clark
3. "We've Got a Good Fire Goin'" - Lady Antebellum
4. "Some Broken Hearts Never Mend" - Dierks Bentley
5. "Amanda" - Chris Stapleton feat. Morgane Stapleton
6. "Till The Rivers All Run Dry" - Alison Krauss
7. "Love Is On A Roll" - John Prine feat. Roger Cook
8. "If I Needed You" - Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires
9. "Maggie's Dream" - Trisha Yearwood
10. "Lord I Hope This Day is Good" - Keb' Mo'
11. "Good Ole Boys Like Me" - Garth Brooks
All guest artist performances were donated in support of MusiCares, the charitable foundation created by The Recording Academy, which offers assistance for those in the music field in times of need. The services cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies. The foundation will receive a majority of the proceeds from the sale of the album.
Williams charted 56 records and scored at least one major hit every year between 1974 and 1991. He won the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Award in 1978 and 1 CMA Album of the Year Award (for "I Believe in You") in 1981. His hit "Tulsa Time" was the ACM Single of the Year Award winner in 1978; the organization presnted him with the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award in 2006.
The Texas native earned country music's highest honor in 2010 when he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.