And So It Goes

And So It Goes

by Don WilliamsDon Williams


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Returning from an extended semi-retirement that began after the 2004 release of My Heart to You -- a record that appeared on the little-known Compendia imprint -- Don Williams released the rather brilliant And So It Goes in 2012, an album so understated that it may be easy to overlook its excellence. Then again, if Williams has a signature, it's a touch so easy that it sometimes appears that he isn't there at all; he's never performing, he's inhabiting his songs. As the years rolled on and the tempos got slower and the productions softer, he could sometimes disappear into his surroundings, but And So It Goes achieves a nimble balance between comfort and virtuosity, an album where Williams feels entirely relaxed but never lazy. Supported by longtime producer Garth Fundis, Williams keeps things soothing -- nothing seems hurried or urgent, everything unspools at its own unhurried pace -- but nothing's too easy; there are love songs to be sure, but Williams also tackles bigger issues, pondering the meaning of "Infinity" and wondering "What If It Worked Like That." This balance of subtle spirituality and life experience has considerable resonance, particularly because it takes a little digging to get to the bigger issues. And So It Goes can be enjoyed as mere aural comfort food -- it's as welcoming as a warm bath -- but what gives it impact is its underlying, sometimes hidden, meanings. This may or may not be Williams' final album but if it is, it serves as a superb coda to a career that always found deep meaning in ease; it seems like anybody could do this, but if they could, somebody would have done it as well as Don Williams has by this point. Not only that, but Williams has not always done it as well as he does here.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/19/2012
Label: Sugarhill
UPC: 0015891408125
catalogNumber: 14081
Rank: 35896

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Don Williams   Primary Artist
Alison Krauss   Fiddle,Vocals
Anderson   Electric Guitar
Chip Davis   Background Vocals
David Angell   Violin
Sam Bacco   Marimbas
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
David Davidson   Violin
Garth Fundis   Background Vocals
John Gardner   Percussion,Drums
Vince Gill   Electric Guitar,Soloist,Vocal Harmony
Anthony LaMarchina   Cello
Kenny Malone   Percussion
Matt McKenzie   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Russ Pahl   Banjo,Dobro,Mandolin,Steel Guitar
Billy Sanford   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Kris Wilkinson   Viola
Keith Urban   Electric Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Tim Williams   Background Vocals
Billy Davis   Background Vocals
Tyson Rogers   Organ,Piano,Accordion,Electric Piano
Mike Noble   Acoustic Guitar
Chris Stapleton   Vocal Harmony
Pam Sixfin   Violin
Jeneé Fleenor   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Rob Crosby   Composer
Jeff Stevens   Composer
Don Williams   Composer,Producer
Anderson   Composer
Rick Bowles   Composer
Kieran Kane   Composer
Ronnie Bowman   Composer
Stephen Bruton   Composer
Garth Fundis   Producer
Jamie O'Hara   Composer
Gary Paczosa   Engineer
Robert Pratt   Contributor,Management
Billy Sanford   Tic Tac
Sharon Vaughn   Composer
Kris Wilkinson   String Arrangements
Leslie Satcher   Composer
Jason Sellers   Composer
Byron Hill   Composer
Anthony Smith   Composer
Tim Williams   Composer,Contributor
Bobby Taylor   Composer
Mike Noble   Composer
Lynn Hutton   Composer
John Ramey   Composer
Gordon Hammond   Engineer
Brandon Bell   Engineer
Doug Gill   Composer
Matt Rausch   Engineer
Tammi Kidd   Composer
Paul Bowman   Engineer
Kristen Ohlundbender   Contributor
Ann Fundis   Contributor

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