Hank Williams News Blog

New Year’s marks 60 years since Hank Williams departure

Hank Williams’ music, mystery, legacy lives on Posted on December 28, 2012 by Peter Cooper, The Tennessean Sixty years ago, right about now, 29-year-old Hank Williams was getting ready to go. He thought he was heading from Montgomery, Ala., to Canton, Ohio, to play a New Year’s Day show. But he was heading to Birmingham, after taking a shot of [...]

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Hank Williams Sr. featured in the “Moonrise Kingdom” Soundtrack

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                Top 3 songs are featured in the Moonrise Kingdom soundtrack: Kaw-Liga, Long Gone Lonesome Blues, and Ramblin’ Man.

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Stars bring Hank’s ‘Lost Notebooks’ to life

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By CHRIS TALBOTT – Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn.  — Over the years, Holly Williams never felt much of a connection to her grandfather. So when she slipped on a pair of white gloves and lifted one of Hank Williams’ old spiral-bound notebooks to inspect its pages full of careful cursive script recently at the Country [...]

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The Ghostwriter

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by Andrew Romano On New Years Day in 1953, Hank Williams, the man who invented modern country music, died of an overdose in the backseat of his Cadillac at age 29. A few days later, his mama searched his house and made a secret discovery that—60 years later, with a little help from Bob Dylan, [...]

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Lonesome Hank’s Friends

By BARRY MAZOR – You know you’re in Hank Williams territory. There’s a soul wilted “like a rose that never feels the dew,” a “wasted” love with endless costs, a heart that’s “blue as the sky” and, scattered throughout the album, more than anyone’s fair share of lonesome. But no one had heard the words [...]

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The Lost Notebooks CD Release

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The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams – tracklisting: 1. You’ve Been Lonesome, Too – Alan Jackson 2. The Love That Faded  – Bob Dylan 3. How Many Times Have You Broken My Heart?  – Norah Jones 4. You Know That I Know – Jack White 5. I’m So Happy I Found You  – Lucinda Williams [...]

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‘Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams’ finds good company in Bob Dylan

The singer-songwriter’s long-in-the-works tribute to Hank Williams nears release, with kindred spirits like Holly Williams, Merle Haggard and Jack White tapping into the country legend’s unreleased archive. At a time when country was still widely labeled “hillbilly music,” Hank Williams brought a new level of haunting personal storytelling through disarming poetic lyrics using deceptively simple [...]

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Hank Williams’ Unfinished Thoughts, Finished

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October 1, 2011 “When Hank Williams died, he left behind a scuffed, embroidered brown leather briefcase. Like its owner, the briefcase appeared weathered beyond its years, yet it retained a dignified bearing that abuse couldn’t erase.” So begin the liner notes for a new compilation titled The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams. Michael McCall, who [...]

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Stars Add New Tunes to Country King’s Lyrics

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By ALAN LIGHT BOB DYLAN has long claimed Hank Williams as an influence and an inspiration. In his 2004 memoir, “Chronicles Volume One,” Mr. Dylan recounted his discovery of that country giant’s music in the 1950s. “I became aware that in Hank’s recorded songs were the archetype rules of poetic songwriting,” he wrote. “The architectural [...]

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Bob Dylan, Jack White and Norah Jones Record Unheard Hank Williams Songs

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New compilation will also feature Levon Helm, Alan Jackson and Sheryl Crow by Rolling Stone The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams, a new collection of previously unheard songs by the country great recorded by artists such as Bob Dylan, Jack White, Norah Jones and Levon Helm, will be released on October 4th. The set, which [...]

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