Friday, 21 July 2017

Gentle Giants - The Songs of Don Williams

No Complications

As you'd imagine, an essentially gentle homage to the title's man of comfortable Country, nothing in these references to peacefulness and simplicity meant as negatives.

It is a set of fine songs, and a set of fine other Country stars contribute, often as duets as the track list and artists show:

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

There is a reasonable spread within the gentility to emphasise tonal shifts: the roar of Chris Stapleton in a live cover to the sublime serenity of Alison Krauss. There is a distinctive cover from Isbell and Shires, inimitable of the inimitable, to attempt a complex summary of the uncomplicated.

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