Producer Garth Fundis' had one chief requirement when Slate Creek Records label founder Jim Burnett approached him to discuss producing a tribute album on the career of country singer/songwriter Don Williams. The album proceeds must go to a charitable cause.
The cause they chose was MusiCares. Fundis explained he was familiar with the charity through his affiliation with The Recording Academy. He wished to help create awareness for the foundation and its mission of helping music people in times of need.
"It’s a great organization," said Fundis, who served as Recording Academy Chairman from 2001–2003. "They help a lot of people anonymously in the industry."
Given both Fundis' pedigree as a highly sought producer of the Nashville sound, and Williams' reputation dating back to the early '70s as the "Gentle Giant" of country and folk, a host of GRAMMY-winning artists came out of the woodwork to support his tribute project.
The fruit of their efforts, Calling Gentle Giants: The Songs Of Don Williams has a track list including covers performed by Jason Isbell, Dierks Bentley, Keb' Mo', Alison Krauss, John Prine, Lady Antebellum, Garth Brooks, and Chris Stapleton.