American ‘Country Music Hall of Fame’ star Don Williams returns to Belfast – one of his favourite stomping grounds –for a Waterfront Hall show on Saturday, May 24 next year.
The laidback Texan – with his deep-throated, warm husky baritone vocals and hickory, hobo appearance, complete with crumpled stetson and baggy jeans – is one of the biggest-selling Nashville singers of all time.
Now 74, he will be backed by his own band and he will also appear at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin on May 22.
Down the years, Don has made a number of visits to Belfast for shows and his appeal never wanes, not just with avid country fans, but those attracted by his down-home charm and simple philosophical approach to life, conveyed through his songs, most of which are self-penned.
His hits include I Recall A Gypsy Woman, Amanda, You’re My Best Friend, I’ve Got a Winner In You, Tulsa Time, I Believe in You, Good Ole Boys Like Me, Love Is On A Roll, Lay Down Sally and Broken Hearts Never Mend.
He has amassed 17 No 1 hits throughout his long career which started in the 1960s back in his native Lone Star state with the Pozo Seco Singers. He later emerged as a solo singer/songwriter in his own right.
Simple and direct is what makes his music so compelling, worldwide.
His popularity extends from Nashville and the American states to far-flung Zimbabwe, Australia, Monaco, Scandinavia, Germany, Brazil and, of course, the British Isles.
Williams draws his listener into the intimate world of an old friend.
“I don’t think there’s anything we have to do daily in our walk that’s more important than how we deal with each other,” he confesses.
“To me, it’s everything. So when you’re looking for songs, if they can express that, then you’ve found something very special.”
Tickets for the Waterfront concert go on sale this Friday at 9am, priced £38 including booking fee.