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And So It Goes

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Returning from an extended semi-retirement that began after the 2004 release of My Heart to You -- a record that appeared on the little-known Compendia imprint -- Don Williams released the rather brilliant And So It Goes in 2012, an album so understated that it may be easy to overlook its excellence. Then again, if Williams has a signature, it's a touch so easy that it sometimes appears that he isn't there at all; he's never performing, he's inhabiting his songs. As the years rolled on and the tempos got slower and the productions softer, he could sometimes disappear into his surroundings, but And So It Goes achieves a nimble balance between comfort and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Returning from an extended semi-retirement that began after the 2004 release of My Heart to You -- a record that appeared on the little-known Compendia imprint -- Don Williams released the rather brilliant And So It Goes in 2012, an album so understated that it may be easy to overlook its excellence. Then again, if Williams has a signature, it's a touch so easy that it sometimes appears that he isn't there at all; he's never performing, he's inhabiting his songs. As the years rolled on and the tempos got slower and the productions softer, he could sometimes disappear into his surroundings, but And So It Goes achieves a nimble balance between comfort and virtuosity, an album where Williams feels entirely relaxed but never lazy. Supported by longtime producer Garth Fundis, Williams keeps things soothing -- nothing seems hurried or urgent, everything unspools at its own unhurried pace -- but nothing's too easy; there are love songs to be sure, but Williams also tackles bigger issues, pondering the meaning of "Infinity" and wondering "What If It Worked Like That." This balance of subtle spirituality and life experience has considerable resonance, particularly because it takes a little digging to get to the bigger issues. And So It Goes can be enjoyed as mere aural comfort food -- it's as welcoming as a warm bath -- but what gives it impact is its underlying, sometimes hidden, meanings. This may or may not be Williams' final album but if it is, it serves as a superb coda to a career that always found deep meaning in ease; it seems like anybody could do this, but if they could, somebody would have done it as well as Don Williams has by this point. Not only that, but Williams has not always done it as well as he does here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2012
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891408125
  • Catalog Number: 14081
  • Sales rank: 8,517

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Don Williams Primary Artist
Alison Krauss Fiddle, Vocals
Al Anderson Electric Guitar
Chip Davis Background Vocals
David Angell Violin
Sam Bacco Marimbas
J.T. Corenflos Electric Guitar
David Davidson Violin
Garth Fundis Background Vocals
John Gardner Percussion, Drums
Vince Gill Electric Guitar, Soloist, Vocal Harmony
Anthony LaMarchina Cello
Kenny Malone Percussion
Matt McKenzie Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Russ Pahl Banjo, Dobro, Mandolin, Steel Guitar
Billy Sanford Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Gut String Guitar
Kris Wilkinson Viola
Keith Urban Electric Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Tim Williams Background Vocals
Billy Davis Background Vocals
Tyson Rogers Organ, Piano, Accordion, Electric Piano
Mike Noble Acoustic Guitar
Chris Stapleton Vocal Harmony
Pam Sixfin Violin
JeneƩ Fleenor Fiddle
Technical Credits
Rob Crosby Composer
Jeff Stevens Composer
Don Williams Composer, Producer
Al Anderson Composer
Rick Bowles Composer
Kieran Kane Composer
Ronnie Bowman Composer
Stephen Bruton Composer
Garth Fundis Producer
Jamie O'Hara Composer
Gary Paczosa Engineer
Robert Pratt Contributor, Management
Billy Sanford Tic Tac
Sharon Vaughn Composer
Kris Wilkinson String Arrangements
Leslie Satcher Composer
Jason Sellers Composer
Byron Hill Composer
Robert Hadley Mastering
Anthony Smith Composer
Tim Williams Composer, Contributor
Bobby Taylor Composer
Mike Noble Composer
Lynn Hutton Composer
John Ramey Composer
Gordon Hammond Engineer
Brandon Bell Engineer
Doug Gill Composer
Matt Rausch Engineer
Tammi Kidd Composer
Paul Bowman Engineer
Kristen Ohlundbender Contributor
Ann Fundis Contributor
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