Don Williams looked a little older, but he sounded just as smooth.
Williams came out of retirement Thursday night, appearing at the Rose State Performing Arts Theatre in Midwest City for his first concert in four years.
The 71-year-old Williams, who will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame later this month, delighted the 1,340 fans in attendance at the sold out theater.
Williams told the audience that he worried about how well he could perform after a four-year hiatus. His last concert prior to Thursday night was Nov. 21, 2006 in Memphis.
Perhaps thankful just to see Williams again, the Rose State crowd gave the Gentle Giant one of the biggest ovations of the night after his only flub of the evening on â€œLord, I Hope This Day Is Good.â€
The opening act of the evening was the husband-wife team of Rory Feek and Joey Martin, who gained fame on the CMTâ€™s reality TV show â€œCan You Duet.â€
Their debut album sold nearly 300,000 copies and spawned â€œCheater, Cheater,â€ a top 30 hit. The couple had the audience laughing and crying with their blend of humorous songs and those about faith and family.
But this crowd came to see Williams. From the moment he stepped on stage wearing his trademark Stetson and sat on his stool, the show was was vintage Williams.
All substance, no flash. For a poet like Williams, the show is the songs.
From his opener, â€œJust Good Ole Boys Like Meâ€ to his encore, â€œLouisiana Saturday Night,â€ Williams performed many of his hits and there have been many in his Hall of Fame career, including 17 No.