Don Williams will release And So It Goes, his first new album since 2004, on June 19. Don has spent most of the last several years living quietly on his farm in Tennessee, but when the opportunity to head back into the studio with producer Garth Fundis presented itself, Don went back to work, creating an album of memorable, classic-sounding songs. Don will also go on tour to promote the project.
“I didn’t do this album because I just felt that I was going to die if I didn’t do another one, but because of all of that encouragement to do it,” Don said. “So here we are—and now I’m feeling good about it.”
In addition to having his long-intact working band play on the album, which Don calls “a beautiful thing,” Keith Urban, Alison Krauss and Vince Gill are also a part of the project. They contributed both key instrumentals and vocal backing to the project. “We weren’t looking to reinvent Don, just to make a good new Don Williams record,” Fundis said.
When word got out that Don was making a new record, he was flooded with potential songs. Hundreds of tunes from some of Nashville’s bests songwriters were offered up. Don picked 10, including work from songwriters Kieran Kane, Ronnie Bowman, Al Anderson, Leslie Satcher, his son Tim Williams and his own tunes.
“The only description that I’ve ever had for songs I choose to do is that they affect me emotionally and that, hopefully, they have something to say that will touch other people,” Don said. “When we started back up again, it was like we’d never quit.”