Don Williams 1939-2017 Good Ol’ Boys

Of all his quiet, thoughtful country-pop songs, this is my favorite. The place that formed you never leaves you. Anybody who writes about wind in the trees, and names the trees–even with an inconvenient spacing word to make the line right–is alright with me.

Those Williams boys, they still mean a lot to me, Hank and Tennessee.  Every time I hear that line it makes me smile.

The radio light by his bed, John R from Nashville and Wolfman Jack from Chicago keeping him company, Thomas Wolfe whispering in his head.

A literate little boy who made a living and became famous writing and singing evening songs.



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