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Reflections is country singer Don Williams' follow-up to 2012's acclaimed And So It Goes, the album that marked his return from semi-retirement. He possesses one of the most languid and iconic voices to emerge from country music since Jim Reeves. No matter what he's singing, he delivers the lyric and melody from inside, as if revealing an experienced truth. Co-produced with economy and taste with longtime ally Garth Fundis, on Reflections, Williams takes on a number of canonical Americana and country songs. There are no originals here, but they weren't necessary. The opener is a startling read of Townes Van Zandt's "I'll Be Here in the Morning." In his clear, soft baritone, Williams' protagonist doesn't need to provide assurance to a nervous lover. He's not so much a rambler as one who loves the road on the other side of the window and what it offers; but he also knows it'll be there waiting. Mickey Rafael's harmonica offers the road's call to temptation, but the storyteller isn't swayed. He understands the language and appreciates it for what it is. A midtempo version of Guy Clark's "Talk Is Cheap" is buoyed by an electric piano and pedal steel. When he delivers the lyric, ."..Get busy livin', or at least die tryin'..." it's not a command, but a gentle exhortation from the process of doing just that. Merle Haggard's classic "Sing Me Back Home" rings with all of the sadness and empathy of a relived memory. Rafael's harmonica, calls from the margins, reeling through years to that particular photograph in time. The singer doesn't treat this tune as a country nugget, but as a living, breathing account of a narrative, with an understated but present authority. Williams delivers a heartbreaking reading of Jesse Winchester's "If I Were Free," with help from the songwriter and Sonya Isaacs' mandolin. Other songs, including "Working Man's Son," "Healing Hands," "Back to the Simple Things," and Doug Gill's quiet anthem "Stronger Back," become as intimate as a kitchen table conversation. In the humble, mellifluous grain of his voice, Williams' gifts as an interpreter allow him to impart the poetry and wisdom in these songs directly, and in their own way, powerfully. At 74, he is in assured command of his voice, and better understands the deeper well it resonates from.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/11/2014
Label: Welk Records
UPC: 0015891409627
catalogNumber: 140962
Rank: 91353


  1. I'll Be Here In the Morning
  2. Talk is Cheap
  3. I Won't Give Up On You
  4. Sing Me Back Home
  5. Working Man's Son
  6. Healing Hands
  7. If I Were Free
  8. Stronger Back
  9. Back To the Simple Things
  10. The Answer

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Don Williams   Primary Artist
Jesse Winchester   Background Vocals
J.T. Corenflos   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Garth Fundis   Background Vocals
John Gardner   Percussion,Drums
Kenny Malone   Percussion
Matt McKenzie   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Russ Pahl   Dobro,Mandolin,Steel Guitar
Mickey Rafael   Harmonica
Billy Sanford   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ben Isaacs   Background Vocals
Sonya Isaacs   Mandolin,Background Vocals
Chris Nole   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano
Morgane Hayes   Background Vocals
Mike Noble   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Chris Stapleton   Background Vocals
Rebecca Isaacs Bowman   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Guy Clark   Composer,Lyricist
Merle Haggard   Composer,Lyricist
Don Williams   Producer
Jesse Winchester   Composer,Lyricist
Garth Fundis   Producer
Steve Gillette   Composer,Lyricist
Billy Sanford   Tic Tac
Townes Van Zandt   Composer,Lyricist
Bob Regan   Composer,Lyricist
Tony Arata   Composer,Lyricist
Steve Warner   Composer,Lyricist
Britton Cameron   Composer,Lyricist
Jim Collins   Composer,Lyricist
Mark Nesler   Composer,Lyricist
Rex Benson   Composer,Lyricist
Jennifer Hanson   Composer,Lyricist
Morgane Hayes   Composer,Lyricist
Chris Stapleton   Composer,Lyricist
Gordon Hammond   Engineer
Doug Gill   Composer,Lyricist
Marty Dodson   Composer,Lyricist
Jordyn Shellhart   Composer,Lyricist

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