New Jeanette Williams release

Jeanette Williams - Thank You For CaringThank You For Caring, the new CD from singer/songwriter Jeanette Williams, will be released tomorrow (9/9) on Blue Circle Records, the independent label run by Tom T. and Dixie Hall.

Among the 14 tracks are songs which Jeanette has written, along with contributions from Paul Williams, Paul Williams, Tom T. and Dixie, Brandon Rickman, Laurie Lewis, Shannon Slaughter and Marcie Horne.

Joining her on the new CD are several prominent bluegrass artists (Tony Rice, Tim Stafford, Aubrey Haynie, Ronald Inscore, Randy Kohrs, Ben Isaacs) along with hubby Johnny Williams, members of her road band and well known performers from Jeanette’s home in southwest Virginia (Michelle Nixon, Heather Berry, Jacob Eller, Jesse Finney, Stephen Fraleigh, Jody King, Tony Mabe and Josh Pickett).

The biggest name guesting on Thank You For Caring is country music legend George Jones, who duets with Williams on the title track, written by the Halls. The song is a testimony to the generosity of the human heart, and Miss Dixie explained how it was inspired…

“After the hurricane, there were so many people in need of so many things. We took my motor home and took a little tour, gathering up, buying and begging at yard sales looking for clothing items for the hurricane victims.

We came up on a small sale and I thought, we won’t get much here, but ended up finding a lot of goodies – baby clothes and what have you.

The folks who were running it invited us in, and this one little girl found out what we were doing, collecting for the children in Louisiana. When we were leaving, she came up to me and put her hand in mine and said, ‘thank you for caring.’

She donated her little chest of drawers for some little boy or girl in New Orleans and I was inspired to put down this song.

When Jeanette heard the song she told me, ‘Gosh… I would just love to sing this with George Jones.’ Well, I’ve known George for years and I called him up to ask if he would come in and sing. He said, ‘Well by God, if Miss Dixie wants it, I’ll do it!’ “

The song was released to bluegrass radio some months ago, so you may have heard it already, but it has not been available for purchase until now. A portion of the proceeds of the CD will be donated to the Red Cross to benefit their ongoing work in the Gulf coast regions still affected by Katrina.

You can hear audio samples from all 14 tracks online.

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