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Announcing My New Full Gospel Album

For those who still love the old Gospel songs we grew up with… I have good news.

I’ve been here with Curtis Jones and his wife Kim Jones finishing up a full Gospel album with 12 songs in their private studio.¬†Curtis laying down some banjo and guitar breaks using my custom Curly Maple guitar built by P & E Instruments. Kim putting the harmony vocals on ” Will The Circle Be Unbroken ”

This project was started just before all the Covid virus hit. Thankfully we were able to get back to recording. We recorded these as straight up Bluegrass as you can get.

Here’s the songs we’ve put on the album. Including two original songs ” The Masters Voice ” and one that a high school classmate Becky Johnson collaborated with me on called ” Learned My Final Script ”

Curtis Jones

Amazing Grace
House of Gold
I Saw The Light
The Lost Highway
Precious Lord Take My Hand
The Masters Voice
Wayfaring Stranger
Will The Circle Be Unbroken
I’ll Fly Away
Learned My Final Script
The Unclouded Day
The Holy Hills
He Put His Hands On Me
As I Walk Through The Valley

I really appreciate all Curtis and Kim have done on this project. Curtis playing Banjo, Mandolin and lead Guitar. Kim in the upright Bass and both of them with harmony vocals. With myself on rhythm guitar and lead vocals.

Kim Jones

Three days straight they played two 3hr shows on 90 degree heat, not even taking breaks during the shows. Then in the studio until 1:30am and 2am, back up each morning to play at 11am . Their dedication and hard work is greatly appreciated.

We now have a 14 song Gospel album titled “The Masters Voice” by Chuck Williams!

Now for the 567 mile drive back to the farm in Ohio. We were in the studio until almost 1:30am this morning, it’s 6:15 am now and I am about to take off for Ohio.

10 Habits of Mind

This afternoon I had a very interesting meeting with a professional educator, author, musician, artist, father, and grandfather.
He asked me to me to help him with a very personal project, therefore I will not disclose his name.
He explained that he expects that he might live into his mid 80’s at which time his grandson will be 14. The grandson lives a couple thousand miles away and He wants to write a book about himself, and the special people who inspired him and impacted his life. That way when he is gone, his grandson will be able to get to know his grandpa and have a better understanding of who his grandpa was.
Much to my surprise and feeling of great honor, he wants devote an entire chapter written about me and my influence on him.
Also what he termed as ” Habits of Mind ” which are the ” tools ” used to understand life. He explained how in college he was taught how to use these various ” tools ” He expressed how amazed he was that somehow, I without being college educated or being taught how, have been unknowingly using those ” Tools “
So I guess we never really know how much our lives impact others.

Here is my ten ” Habits of Mind ”

1) I am constantly aware of the Spiritual guidance of the Lord
2) I use Bible scripture to analyze situations
3)I listen carefully to others even when it is contrary to my beliefs, because I don’t know everything
4) I question everything and everyone
5) I try not to be predictable or a creature of habit
6) I control my emotions and don’t allow them to influence my understanding
7) the truth is a bitter pill and more often than not goes against the grain and can be harsh I study things in nature and use it for analogies
9) my daily prayer is for the Lord to help me be a reflection of Him here in this present world
10) I am respectful to others even when I don’t agree with them.

Life of a Rambler

“Seems like lately… all I do… is travel, ramble and roam… When I get back… to where I started from… I’m still a long way from home…

In this race against loneliness, it seems that I just can’t win… and how can I go back… to a place… I’ve never been.

(Chorus) That old highway is callin me… callin me once again… goin over that mountain… gotta check around the bend… That old river is deep and wide… gotta get to the other side… cause the life of a Rambler… that’s the one for me…

(2nd verse) I am never in a hurry… to get to where I’m headed… lookin for that unfamiliar face… that I don’t even know… Soon as I recognize… all those faces that I see… then I know it’s leavin time… yeah it’s leavin time for me…

(Chorus) That old highway is callin me… callin me once again… goin over that mountain… gotta check around the bend… That old river is deep and wide… gotta get to the other side… cause the life of a Rambler… that’s the one for me… Yeah the life of a Rambler… that’s the one for me…”

I wrote this one about 5 years ago when I was living near Jonesborough Tennessee

Nickle Valley Resorts

Nickle Valley Resorts

Had a very enjoyable time playing at ” Nickle Valley Resorts ” last night. Pat Kirker, Ed Townsend , Dave Suver and myself had never played together collectively. But everyone enjoyed themselves and the owner Jim Brown came to me afterwards and booked us back for another show. So on Oct 9th ” Chuck Williams and Friends ” will be back.

Also I got the bluegill fish dinner and it was awesome! I want to thank Mark Crawmer for coming out to listen.

Been on the road since 5:47 this morning, stopped for a bite of breakfast in Waverly and headed on to Georgia.

French Ridge Winery

French Ridge Winery

Had a wonderful time playing at “French Ridge Winery” in Killbuck, Ohio tonight.

Pat Kirker came and played bass for me. Then my friend Merlin Gingrich, his wife and family showed up.

I asked Merlin to play one of his original songs “Devil In A Dress” so he obliged. Merlin is playing my Maple guitar in this picture.

Then as I was finishing up tonight, the owner told me to get with him before I left. He put me on the calendar for more upcoming dates.

I’m happy to say that I’ll be playing at “French Ridge Winery” on Aug 12th, My 62nd birthday.

What a great way to celebrate by doing something I really enjoy. Playing my songs.

Changes in Saturdays show at Nickle Valley Resorts

Changes in Saturdays show at Nickle Valley Resorts

There’s been some changes in this Saturday evening show at “Nickle Valley Resorts”

From 7-10pm ” Chuck Williams and Friends ” will be playing a Traditional Country and Bluegrass Music Show!

Joining me will be Pat Kirker on the upright bass, Ed Townsend on mandolin and harmony vocals, Dave Suver on guitar and vocals.

So come on out for a beautiful evening of great food, drink and live music!

Gathers Your Firewood Before the First Snowflake Falls

A wise man gathers his supply of firewood long before the first snowflake falls. In life we will face many different kinds of ” winters “
So I would be a wise man , to gather my wood, before the first snowflake falls.
Therfore I must ask myself, ” What ” winter “in my life is coming next and what must I do to prepare for it?
We were also instructed to use wisdom in all things.
If I had a worn out tire on my car. Would I take off on a thousand mile trip and just say… “I just put it in the Lord’s hands?”
Then have a blowout and say… “The devil blew out my tire.”
No, I had a blowout because I didn’t use wisdom. I knew I had a bad tire and didn’t do anything about it. Wisdom is… the ability to apply knowledge.¬†Knowledge in and of itself is useless, unless that knowledge is applied.

Helping the Amish at Blue Rock

Helping the Amish at Blue Rock

Helping the Amish down at Blue Rock today. Bringing in the materials for a new pole barn.

The rain last night got things a bit to muddy. We had to get a dozer to pull the load on up the hill.

The picture doesn’t show just how steep the hill is, but if you’re familiar with the Blue Rock area you’ll know she’s pretty steep.

Curtis Jones and Myself on Blood Mountain Georgia

Curtis Jones and Myself on Blood Mountain Georgia

This picture of Curtis Jones and myself on Blood Mountain Georgia, is what gave me the inspiration to write… ” Cold Day On Blood Mountain ”

It was about ten degrees and very windy that day.

Lord willing I’ll be heading back to Blood Mountain one week from today. I’ll be playing some shows with Curtis and Kim Jones along with two of my own shows. Hopefully writing some new songs and maybe some Trout fishing.
When we get together the creative juices seem to flow effortlessly. While staying there with Curtis and Kim, I’ve written several songs.

” Cold Day On Blood Mountain ”
” All That Remains Is A Song ”
” Another Wreck On The Mountain Today ”
” You’ll Be Next In Line ”
” The Masters Voice ”
” Rope The Wind ” which the three of us worked together on together.

In Memory of Jim Farmer also Know as The Tunnel Bum

Posting this picture in memory of Jim Farmer, also know as ” The Tunnel Bum ” who passed away six years ago, yesterday.

This picture reminds me of the line Brink Brinkman and I wrote in our song ” The Tunnel Bum ” which goes like this…..

” On a cold December morning the water is frozen in his cup. Yet everyone who drives by, gets a smile and a wave to cheer them up. ”
Every time I drive through the tunnel, I miss seeing Jim and his friendly wave. He gave me these words of wisdom during a visit one summer day. He said….” Chuck, you gotta live life in order to learn life. ”
He always called me his ” Crazy eye Angel friend. ” I miss my old friend.

Jim Farmer, The Tunnel Bum