Williams drops debut in August
Thursday, June 22, 2017
– Twangy guitar tones, honky-tonk pianos and pedal steel are part of the music of Alex Williams, who makes his debut, "Better Than Myself," on Aug. 11 on Big Machine.
The 12-track blends traditional country and southern rock from the Indiana native.
Big Machine Label Group's Julian Raymond, who worked with Jennifer Nettles, Justin Moore, Glen Campbell and Hank Williams Jr., assembled a band of drummer Victor Indrizzo (Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris), keyboard player Matt Rollings (Lyle Lovett, Mark Knopfler), bassist Joeie Canaday (Leann Rimes, Steven Curtis Chapman), pedal steel player Dan Dugmore (James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt), and guitarists Tom Bukovac (Don Henley, Stevie Nicks) and J.T. Corenflos (Dolly Parton, Alan Jackson).
Williams and the band recorded live on the studio floor and wrapped basic tracking in two days.
The track list is:
1. "Better Than Myself" - Alex Williams, Greg Becker
2. "Hellbent Hallelujah" - Alex Williams, Neal Coty, Jimmy Melton
3. "More Than Survival" - Alex Williams, Marshall Altman
4. "Freak Flag" - Alex Williams, Marshall Altman
5. "Week Without A Drink" - Alex Williams, Brandon Kinney, Jimmy Yeary
6. "A Little Too Stoned" - Alex Williams, Greg Becker
7. "Old Tattoo"- Alex Williams
8. "Strange Days" - Alex Williams, Marshall Altman
9. "Pay No Mind" -Alex Williams, Greg Becker
10. "Can't Get Enough Of You" - Alex Williams, Marshall Altman
11. "Few Short Miles (Bobby's Song)" - Alex Williams
12. "Last Cross" - Alex Williams, Greg Becker
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Editorial: Walking the talk
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