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And So It Goes
This Country Music Hall of Fame member released his first album in eight years ago this week, and Don Williams is back with yet another one. And So It Goes isn’t an album that strays too far from the music from Don Williams you know and love. “We weren’t looking to reinvent Don,” producer Garth Fundis notes, “just to make a good new Don Williams record.” In that they have succeeded, the instant return to form pleasantly surprising Don himself: “When we started back up again,” he says, “it was like we’d never quit.”
Don Williams is proof that music is an international language. This Texas-native has made his mark on fans across the world, from Brazil to Africa to Australia to the UK. The simplicity and blend of emotions promises to engage any listener. Don is an artist that won’t just cut a good song but he must feel a connection to every one. “The only description that I’ve ever had for songs I choose to do,” he notes, “is that they affect me emotionally and that, hopefully, they have something to say that will touch other people.”
Such long-time Don Williams admirers as Opry members Keith Urban, Alison Krauss and Vince Gill add both key instrumentals and vocal backing to And So It Goes. Check out Sugar Hill Records’ website to purchase the album and additional merchandise.
- Better Than Today
- Heart of Hearts
- She’s With Me
- I Just Come Here for the Music (feat. Alison Krauss)
- What If It Worked Like That
- She’s a Natural
- Imagine That
- First Fool in Line
- And So It Goes
Plus, check out this video with Don and guests talking about the album:
Welcome To The Fishbowl
Kenny Chesney released his 14th album, Welcome to the Fishbowl, this week and is a record filled with beachy-tunes, a rocking anthem, but even more powerful are the emotional ballads that make you ache for the characters in the songs.
The album’s title came from a conversation Kenny had while out with his football-playing friends. After the slew of fans asking for photos and autographs had diminished, a friend said “I didn’t realize your life’s like this.” And Kenny responded matter-of-factly with, “Hey, man, welcome to the fishbowl.” It was then that he knew he had to write a song about that which ended up as the title track of the album. Spotify is currently featuring commentaries by Kenny on several songs off Fishbowl and he went on to describe what this track is truly about.
“Just looking at the title Welcome to the Fishbowl it would be easy for someone to think I was writing about being the victim of celebrity or the perils of success. Ya know it’s not that way because I think our world and our culture is changing every day. Our world is getting smaller every single day for everyone. Now more than ever, you don’t have to be in the public eye like myself and a lot of my friends to live in a fishbowl. We all do now, thanks to the internet and all the technology we have today. I wanted to write a very relate-able song about how that is changing and how we’re all trying to navigate it at once.”
While Kenny recognizes the importance of releasing new music that can fill stadiums and engage radio listeners, he is also at a place in his career that he is ready to give fans a glimpse into his soul. He says Fishbowl, “defines me where I am right now, and I’m happy about that. Getting to this spot has been years of work; I didn’t just wake up one day and say, ‘I’m gonna start being honest with my fans and myself.’ It takes some time to be that vulnerable as a person, especially when you’re in the public eye.”
The first single off Welcome to the Fishbowl, a duet with current tour-mate Tim McGraw, “Feel Like A Rock Star” debuted at #13 making it Kenny’s highest debut ever on Billboard s Country Song chart. His current single “Come Over” has been climbing the charts since it’s release just four weeks ago.
Kenny recently reflected on the new album, “My love and appreciation for music grows wider and deeper every day. I don’t know that I would record the same music today I did five years ago and I wouldn’t have recorded songs like ‘Come Over,’ ‘El Cerrito Place’ and ‘You & Tequila’ five years ago. I don’t know that I could have sung them with the same emotion and believability.”
Track Listing (click here to purchase)
- Come Over
- Feel Like A Rock Star (Duet with Tim McGraw)
- Sing ‘Em Good My Friend
- Welcome To The Fishbowl
- I’m A Small Town
- El Cerrito Place
- Makes Me Wonder
- While He Still Knows Who I Am
- Time Flies
- To Get To You (55th And 3rd)
- Always Gonna Be You
- You And Tequila (with Grace Potter live)