The country singing great — and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame — released new record "Reflections" earlier this year, and plays the Paramount Theatre on Wednesday. On the record. Williams interprets the songs of other greats, including Townes Van Zandt and Merle Haggard.
"The folks at Sugar Hill Records seemed pleased with the last album (2012’s ‘And So It Goes’) so they asked us if we’d consider doing another," Williams told Brian T. Atkinson in a story publishing Monday in the Statesman. "Thankfully, there are still songwriters out there who send us songs to consider and we were able to find several that fit well with a few we didn’t record on the last album."
Williams, whose career includes more than 30 records, was struck by the message in "Healing Hands," which was written by Steve Gillette and Rex Benson about grandparents. (The video is part of some special studio performances he recorded after "Reflections" was released in March.)
"My motivation, apart from that it’s a wonderful song, is how many people I know that have had that relationship with their grandparents," he said. "I didn’t. I always wished that I’d had, but I didn’t."