"My goal when I write a song is for there to be a balance of styles," he says. "When I was in college, I didn't know about the Texas scene, Pat Green or Jack Ingram. I listened to Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson. But, when I moved to Nashville, I eventually realized that I didn't fit the typical mold. I favored the rootsier stuff with honest lyrics from the heart. The skills of the players in Nashville and the craft of making music is the best there. But in Texas, whether it's rock or country, there's a B.S. detector that most Nashville artists can't escape from. It has to be real here. So I shoot for the best of both worlds."

Williams still lives in McKinney, but now works for a label that's based in Nashville and owned by a Texan. The irony of it all is certainly not lost on him, and in fact, he thinks everything's in its rightful place at this time. After all of these years, it's a simple equation: "It's pretty much like Nashville decided it likes me when I live in Texas and only come to visit."

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