Gentle Giant slates road tour
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
– Don Williams announced a fall tour starting in September.
"Mercy, the fans have kept us going for years, and I am glad to share the music with them once again," said Williams.
The tour starts Sept. 9 in Dodge City, Kansas and concludes Nov. 21 in Arlington, Texas.
Williams first came to prominence in the 1960s as a member of the folk group The Pozo-Seco Singers. The trio recorded several hit records, with the biggest being "Time." By 1971, Williams had gone solo and signed a publishing deal with Jack Clement. The Hall of Fame producer offered him a recording contract with his JMI Records in 1972. Early hits included "Atta Way To Go" and "Come Early Morning," as well as "We Should Be Together," which became his first Billboard top 10 hit from 1974. He then moved to ABC / Dot (Later MCA), enjoying hits with "Rake and Ramblin' Man," "Tulsa Time," and "Nobody But You." He took home the Male Vocalist of the Year trophy from the Country Music Association in 1978, and notched his biggest hit in 1981 with "I Believe In You," which also crossed over to the top-30 on the Hot 100.
Williams later recorded for Capitol Nashville and RCA kept Williams. He also gained an international following, particularly England and New Zealand. He has placed 52 singles in the top-40 on the country charts in the U.S. with 17 going all the way to the top spot.
Williams' most recent album was 2014's "Reflections." "The Gentle Giant," Williams was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.
Tour dates are:
Sept. 9 - Dodge City, Kansas - United Wireless Arena
Sept. 10 - Colorado Springs, Colorado - Pikes Peak Center
Sept. 11 - Deadwood, South Dakota - Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel
Sept. 14 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - Pantages Playhouse Theatre
Sept. 15 - Regina, Saskatchewan - Conexus Centre of the Arts
Sept. 16 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - TCU Place
Sept. 17 - Edmonton, Alberta - Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Sept. 19 - Calgary, Alberta - Jack Singer Hall Epcor Centre
Sept. 20 - Kelowna, British Columbia - Kelowna Community Theatre
Sept. 23 - Boise, Idaho - The Morrison Center
Sept. 24 - Pocatello, Idaho - Stephens Performing Arts Center
Sept. 25-26 - Wendover, Nevada - Peppermill Concert Hall
Oct. 14 - Clearwater, Florida - The Capitol Theatre
Oct. 15 - Bremen, Georgia - Mill Town Music Hall
Oct. 16-17 - Pigeon Forge, Tennessee - Country Tonight Theatre
Oct. 18 - Newberry, South Carolina - Newberry Opera House
Oct. 20 - Durham, North Carolina - Carolina Theatre of Durham
Oct. 22 - Huntsville, Alabama - Von Braun Center Concert Hall
Oct. 23 - Paducah, Kentucky - The Carson Center
Oct. 24 - Branson, Missouri - Oakridge Boys Theatre
Nov. 7 - Lula, Mississippi - Isle of Capri Casino
Nov. 8 - Bartlesville, Oklahoma - Bartlesville Community Center
Nov. 9 - Omaha, Nebraska - Kiewit Concert Hall at The Holland
Nov. 12 - Kansas City, Missouri - Ameristar Casino and Hotel
Nov. 13 - Norman, Oklahoma - Riverwind Casino
Nov. 14 - Bossier City, Louisiana - Riverdome Horseshoe Hotel
Nov. 15 - San Antonio, Texas - The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Nov. 18 - Stafford, Texas - Stafford Centre
Nov. 19 - Midland, Texas - Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
Nov. 20 - Austin, Texas - Paramount Theatre
Nov. 21 - Arlington, Texas - Arlington Music Hall
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