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NPR Music Premieres Alex Williams’ ‘Better Than Myself,’ Out Aug. 11 via Big Machine Records

NPR Music Premieres Alex Williams' 'Better Than Myself,' Out Aug. 11 via Big Machine Records

"He distinguishes himself from stylistically fluid millennial peers by following the old-line outlaw country lineage and its tradition of leathery, knowing tall talk." - NPR Music


Big Machine Records artist Alex Williams will release his debut album 'Better Than Myself' on Aug. 11. The 12-tracks -- all written or co-written by Williams -- premiered earlier today (8.3) via NPR First Listen:

Big Machine Label Group's Julian Raymond -- a three-time GRAMMY-winning songwriter and producer known for his work with Jennifer Nettles, Justin Moore, Glen Campbell and Hank Williams Jr. -- produced 'Better Than Myself.' Williams' forthcoming record features an all-star band encompassing some of Nashville's finest musicians: drummer Victor Indrizzo (Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris), keyboard player Matt Rollings (Lyle Lovett, Mark Knopfler), bassist Joeie Canaday (Leann Rimes, Steven Curtis Chapman), pedal steel player Dan Dugmore (James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt), and guitarists Tom Bukovac (Don Henley, Stevie Nicks) and J.T. Corenflos (Dolly Parton, Alan Jackson). It also showcases harmonica legend and longtime Willie Nelson bandmember Mickey Raphael.

‘Better Than Myself’ has received early raves:

"phenomenal performances from a hard-twanging, loose-limbed band" - NPR Music

“anything but ordinary” - Billboard

“Somewhere between Jennings and Jones” - Rolling Stone Country

Williams is touring through the fall opening for Aaron Lewis and Blackberry Smoke on the “Sinners and Sanctified Tour” and will appear on select Lynyrd Skynyrd dates. Ticket info:

'Better Than Myself’ Tracklist:
1. Better Than Myself (Alex Williams, Greg Becker)
2. Hellbent Hallelujah (Williams, Neal Coty, Jimmy Melton)
3. More Than Survival (Williams, Marshall Altman)
4. Freak Flag (Williams, Altman)
5. Week Without A Drink (Williams, Brandon Kinney, Jimmy Yeary)
6. A Little Too Stoned (Williams, Becker)
7. Old Tattoo (Williams)
8. Strange Days (Williams, Altman)
9. Pay No Mind (Williams, Becker)
10. Can’t Get Enough Of You (Williams, Altman)
11. Few Short Miles (Bobby’s Song) (Williams)
12. Last Cross (Williams, Becker)

Alex Williams on tour:
Fri., Aug. 11 / The Basement East / Nashville, TN
Sat., Aug. 12 / Hog Daze / Marion, IN
Fri., Aug. 18 / The Bridgestone Arena Plaza / Nashville, TN
Fri., Sept. 1 / The Pourhouse/ Minneapolis, MN
Sat., Sept. 2 / South Dakota State Fair (opening for Lynyrd Skynyrd) / Huron, SD*
Sun., Sept. 3 / Harrah’s Council Bluffs - Stir Cove / Council Bluffs, IA*
Thurs., Oct. 12 / Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium / Shreveport, LA
Fri., Oct. 13 / The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory / Irving, TX
Sat., Oct. 14 / Sam Houston Race Park / Houston, TX
Thurs., Oct. 26 / Charlotte Metrics’so Credit Union Amphitheater / Charlotte, NC
Fri., Oct. 27 / MGM National Harbor / Oxon Hill, MD**
Sat., Oct 28 / Eastern Kentucky Expo Center / Pikeville, KY**
Sun., Oct. 29 / The Macon Centreplex / Macon, GA**
Thus., Nov. 2 / Verizon Arena / Little Rock, AR**
Fri., Nov. 3 / BancorpSouth Arena / Tupelo, MS**
Sat., Nov. 4 / Old National Events Plaza / Evansville, IN**
Sun., Nov. 5 / Von Braun Center / Huntsville, AL**
Wed., Nov. 8 / Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex / Indiana, PA
Thurs., Nov. 9 / 20 Monroe Live / Grand Rapids, MI**
Fri., Nov. 10 / Orpheum Theatre - Madison / Madison, WI**
Sat., Nov. 11 / Packard Music Hall / Warren, OH**
Tues., Nov. 14 / Terminal 5 / New York, NY**
Wed., Nov. 15 / Wicomico Civic Center / Salisbury, MD
Thurs., Nov. 16 / Tower Theatre / Upper Darby, PA**
Fri., Nov. 17 / Charleston Municipal Auditorium / Charleston, WV**

*w/ Lynyrd Skynyrd
**w/ Aaron Lewis + Blackberry Smoke

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