Settin’ my watch back to ‘Tulsa Time:’ Inside the dobro-powered Don Williams career record

Go behind the music and learn about Eric Clapton’s admiration for “Gentle Giant” Don Williams, exemplified by a bouncy “Tulsa Time” concert staple. Dyed-in-the-wool Williams fans may have thought the ambling country balladeer had lost his marbles when he originally unleashed the bluesy mid-tempo shuffle in 1978. That is, until the Danny Flowers composition earned the Academy of Country Music’s Single of the Year. In the accompanying still the Gentle Giant coolly plays a lick on his electric Gibson guitar while hiding beneath the black and white shadows of his trademark, oft-copied Stetson cowboy hat on March 27, 2012. Photography by David McClister

Heavy weight artists such as Eric Clapton, Who lyricist Pete Townshend, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, and Keith Urban have all professed their admiration for the late Don Williams’ vast, nearly 300-song country music discography, whether “Till the Rivers All Run Dry,” “I Recall a Gypsy Woman,”…