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'Don Williams In Ireland'
(Don Williams / DVD / NR / 2016 / BFD)

Overview: Red River Entertainment/BFD/RED will release Don Williams In Ireland: The Gentle Giant In Concert DVD and CD on April 15th. Included on the project are 19 songs such as “I Believe In You,” “Lay Down Beside Me,” and “Tulsa Time.”

DVD Verdict:For those not in the know, Don Williams is an American country singer, songwriter and a 2010 inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame. He grew up in Portland, Texas, and graduated in 1958 from Gregory-Portland High School. After seven years with the folk-pop group Pozo-Seco Singers, he began his solo career in 1971, singing popular ballads and amassing 17 number one country hits.

His straightforward yet smooth bass-baritone voice, soft tones, and imposing build earned him the nickname: "Gentle Giant" of country music. Hence, the title to this brand new DVD (and also CD, sold separately) Don Williams In Ireland: The Gentle Giant In Concert. 1. It Must Be Love 2. Lay Down Beside Me 3. Good Ole Boys Like Me 4. Elise 5. Lord I Hope This Day Is Good 6. How Did You Do It 7. Imagine That 8. If Hollywood Don't Need You 9. Louisiana Saturday Night 10. Till the Rivers All Run Dry 11. Amanda 12. I Recall a Gypsy Woman 13. You're My Best Friend 14. Some Broken Hearts Never Mend 15. I Believe In You 16. Tulsa Time

This new Don Williams recording (which features just 16 tracks here on DVD, but 19 on the CD, and has a different run order) was recorded live in Dublin and Belfast in 2014 and contains 19 tracks in total. A welcome addition to any live recording made by Williams, it admittedly doesn't match up to 1994's 'An evening with Don Williams,' but then again, that was over 20 years ago, of course. Here, today (well, 2014), Williams' vocals have aged, his tone, at times, not as smooth as once was, and combining that with the overall sound quality (which is a little muffled), sometimes listening to this recording you nod your head in acceptance to the aging process, for sure.

That all said, Don Williams In Ireland: The Gentle Giant In Concert - whether it be here on DVD, or via the aforementioned separately released audio CD - is still a joy to behold. Whether it be for your ears or eyes (or both re: the CD), this live set still also flows nicely, and the overall listening experience is never far from thoroughly enjoyable.

“It’s my sincere hope that the fans will enjoy this package,” said the 2010 Country Music Hall of Fame member. “My whole career has been about the fans, and hopefully these songs will bring them as much pleasure as I gained from performing them.”

Well worth picking up if you are a major fan, or an innocent bystander to his musical heritage, because, in truth, given that Williams recently announced his retirement from the entertainment industry after a five-decade career that included hits in both country and pop music, this is (most likely) the last finished product we ever get from Mr. Williams. So, that alone makes this DVD (or the aforementioned CD - or both) well worth picking up; now doesn't it! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs with a run time of 56:30.