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Williams drops debut in August

Thursday, June 22, 2017 – Twangy guitar tones, honky-tonk pianos and pedal steel are part of the music of Alex Williams, who makes his debut, "Better Than Myself," on Aug. 11 on Big Machine.

The 12-track blends traditional country and southern rock from the Indiana native.

Big Machine Label Group's Julian Raymond, who worked with Jennifer Nettles, Justin Moore, Glen Campbell and Hank Williams Jr., assembled a band of drummer Victor Indrizzo (Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris), keyboard player Matt Rollings (Lyle Lovett, Mark Knopfler), bassist Joeie Canaday (Leann Rimes, Steven Curtis Chapman), pedal steel player Dan Dugmore (James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt), and guitarists Tom Bukovac (Don Henley, Stevie Nicks) and J.T. Corenflos (Dolly Parton, Alan Jackson).

Williams and the band recorded live on the studio floor and wrapped basic tracking in two days.

The track list is:
1. "Better Than Myself" - Alex Williams, Greg Becker
2. "Hellbent Hallelujah" - Alex Williams, Neal Coty, Jimmy Melton
3. "More Than Survival" - Alex Williams, Marshall Altman
4. "Freak Flag" - Alex Williams, Marshall Altman
5. "Week Without A Drink" - Alex Williams, Brandon Kinney, Jimmy Yeary
6. "A Little Too Stoned" - Alex Williams, Greg Becker
7. "Old Tattoo"- Alex Williams
8. "Strange Days" - Alex Williams, Marshall Altman
9. "Pay No Mind" -Alex Williams, Greg Becker
10. "Can't Get Enough Of You" - Alex Williams, Marshall Altman
11. "Few Short Miles (Bobby's Song)" - Alex Williams
12. "Last Cross" - Alex Williams, Greg Becker

CD reviews for Alex Williams

Better Than Myself CD review - Better Than Myself
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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: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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