Country’s hottest new band honors Don Williams with one of his biggest hits YouTube/Josie Wieser
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Longtime country music fans were devastated to hear of the passing of legendary singer-songwriter Don Williams on Sept. 8, and many of those fans are also some of country’s hottest young stars, like the sizzling hot band Old Dominion.

While many tributes and messages on social media recalled some of Don’s more poignant and tender songs like “Good Ole Boys Like Me,” “Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good,” and “I’m Just a Country Boy,” Old Dominion honored the Gentle Giant with one of his more up-tempo numbers that remain a honky-tonk favorite for cover bands—“Tulsa Time.”

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In a new YouTube video, the band’s Matt Ramsey, Trevor Rosen and Brad Tursi recall the time when they were just such a band. “We used to play these bar band shows for four hours a night from, like, 10 to 2 a.m.,” Matt said. “I thought you were going to say we played for 40 bucks, which would be about accurate,” Trevor joked.

Matt continued, saying, “We lost some people today, one of them being Don Williams, and he’s a country great. This song got us through a lot of long sets, so we’re going to give it a shot. We haven’t done it in, like, eight years.”

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That’s the thing about classics like “Tulsa Time,” though. You never forget them. Well done, boys.

It bears mentioning that Old Dominion remembered Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry in another part of this show, as we reported earlier.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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