Though his millions of fans around the world were heartbroken recently to learn of his retirement from performing after five decades of touring, there is a silver lining. Soon, you will be able to witness the magic of Don Williams live in concert anytime you want – from your own living room.
On April 15, Red River Entertainment/BFD/RED will release Don Williams In Ireland: The Gentle Giant In Concert DVD and CD (sold separately) features the singer in the midst of one of his more recent ventures overseas.
“It’s my sincere hope that the fans will enjoy this package,” said the 2010 Country Music Hall of Fame member in a statement. “My whole career has been about the fans, and hopefully these songs will bring them as much pleasure as I gained from performing them.”
Don Williams In Ireland: The Gentle Giant In Concert contains nineteen songs, including fifteen of his classic hits – and three of his more recent songs. Included on the project are such Williams mainstays as “I Believe In You,” “Lay Down Beside Me,” and “Tulsa Time.” The set also includes “Elise,” from his 1998 disc I Turn The Page, as well as “Imagine That,” which can be found in his 2012 disc And So It Goes, which was a collaboration with fellow superstar Keith Urban, who has long counted Williams as an influence.
Just a few weeks ago, Williams announced his retirement from the entertainment industry after a five-decade career that included hits in both Country and Pop music. Williams started his career as a member of the Pozo Seco Singers in the 1960s, hitting with the folk hit “Time.” In the 1970s, the singer moved to Tennessee, and became one of the biggest stars in the business. His first hit, 1973’s “The Shelter Of Your Eyes,” paved the way for a career that would see fifty-six chart records – including seventeen number ones – as well as induction into both The Grand Ole Opry and, in 2010, the Country Music Hall of Fame.
AVAILABLE APRIL 15: ‘Don Williams In Ireland: The Gentle Giant’ DVD and CD performance #DonWilliams
ABOUT DON WILLIAMS:
They came to call Don Williams “the Gentle Giant” in the decades he was a dominating country hit maker because of his unique blend of commanding presence and that laid-back, easy style that has appealed to adult men and women alike—cutting across national and genre boundaries. If those personal and musical qualities stood out strongly across the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s, they are all the more distinctive now. The hundreds of memorable songs in that repertoire—over fifty of them major hits—whether contemplative ballads, affecting love songs or change-up rhythm numbers, have always been a core Don Williams strength and focus Riding and crossing the line between country and pop, and all the more distinctive for doing it, Don brought a sound and sensibility to the country charts that proved a smash. He first gained musical attention as a member of the pop folk trio The Pozo Seco Singers, which had six pop chart hits in 1966-’67. Between 1974 and 1991, Don had at least one major hit every year, including such country standards to be as “ Good Ole Boys Like Me,” “Till the Rivers All Run Dry,” “It Must Be Love,” “I’m Just a Country Boy,” “Amanda” and “I Believe in You.” He also had a hit duet with Emmylou Harris on Townes Van Zandt’s “If I Needed You.” Don was the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year in 1978; his “Tulsa Time” was the ACM Record of the Year for 1979. In 2010, Don received country music’s highest honor, with his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. For more information, visit don-williams.com.