About
Back 40:


"Back 40 has been a real source of pleasure for us. Not only has the response to the CD been extremely positive but also we're thoroughly enjoying singing these songs at our shows. We've learned over our long career that the true test of a song is the commitment we can give it night after night on stage. The songs of Back 40 are now in the starting lineup for our concerts and will be for some time to come."
— Robin and Linda Williams

Back 40
by Robin and Linda Williams


Track listing:

  1. On and On
  2. Pine County
  3. My Sweet Love Ain't Around
  4. This is the Real Thing
  5. Urge for Going
  6. Dixie Highway Sign
  7. Green Summertime
  8. The Old Familiar House on Christmas Day
  9. Daughter of MacLeod
  10. Adam Rude
  11. Other Side of Town
  12. Boots of Spanish Leather
  13. Seventeen Years Old
  14. Henry Brown & Jane Saroo

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From Red House Records:

With a rich career spanning four decades, Virginia-based duo Robin and Linda Williams have made it their mission to perform the music that they love, a robust blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country that combines wryly observant lyrics with a wide-ranging melodicism. Today some might call it "Americana," but these two revered music masters were living and breathing this elixir 20 years before that term was turned into a radio format. With the release of Back 40, the Williams celebrate their musical legacy with an album that features fresh treatments of their early classics (many from albums long out of print) and favorites by other writers, as well as a brand new song, "The Old Familiar House on Christmas Day."

Producer Jim Rooney says of the album, "I love listening to them sing this collection of songs. I have several favorites — their takes on 'Urge for Going' and 'Boots of Spanish Leather' are as good as any I have heard. 'The Real Thing' and 'Green Summertime' get me every time. Don't get me started! Pretty damn good to have this freshness and energy after all the years and miles." Back 40 is a milestone release by this celebrated Southern duo."

From the Prairie Home Companion archives:

“Urge for Going”:

“My Sweet Love Ain't Around”:

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