If you’re a fan of traditional country music, you shouldn’t miss Don Williams’ newest album, Reflections. Like a forgotten letter from a friend, his rendition of “Sing Me Back Home” might turn back the years, even though it’s a brand new recording of the Merle Haggard classic.
“To be honest, I didn’t recall that it was one of Merle’s songs,” Williams told CMT Edge. “The version that was sent to me wasn’t Merle’s recording. I thought it was a great song, a unique story from the perspective of the fellow who was watching his friend take his final walk to his death. Powerful stuff. When I was reminded that it was one of Merle’s hits, it didn’t deter me from taking a shot at it. I just thought, ‘What a great country song.’”
And what elements are essential to a great country song?
“Honesty, simplicity, imagery, a good melody, a lyric that most people can wrap their head around and, like I’ve said, feel something that the writer was trying to convey,” Williams said.
Enjoy “Sing Me Back Home” by Country Music Hall of Fame member Don Williams.