BEST HISTORICAL ALBUM: The Garden Spot Programs, 1950, Winner at the 57th Grammys

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The Garden Spot Programs, 1950

Colin Escott & Cheryl Pawelski, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Hank Williams)


Label: Omnivore RecordingsThe Garden Spot 1950 Hank Williams


Set the time machine for early morning on KSIB, Creston, Iowa. February, 1950.

Omnivore Recordings is proud to present The Garden Spot Programs, 1950, featuring 24 performances, unheard for 64 years, from the one and only Hank Williams!

Rescued from obscurity, these shows originally aired over 6 decades ago, and The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 collects material from the four of them now known to exist.

In February of 1950, Hank Williams hosted several Garden Spot radio shows for Naughton Farms, a plant nursery in Waxahachie, Texas. Backed by a studio group instead of his usual Drifting Cowboys, Hank sang his hits, as well as songs he rarely, if ever, performed elsewhere. And those performances were last heard on the radio, in Texas, 64 years ago . . .

. . . Until now! Radio transcription discs of four Garden Spot Programs were recently discovered, and Omnivore Recordings is proud to present The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 — Extended Play. This collectible 10″ single (plays at 33 1/3), packaged in a 78rpm-style sleeve with notes from co-producer Colin Escott, contains nearly 15 minutes of unheard Hank Williams. From smash hits like “Lovesick Blues” and “Mind Your Own Business” to instrumentals and standards, The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 — Extended Play is the perfect primer for the full-length release, The Garden Spot Programs, 1950, coming in May from Omnivore.

From hits to standards to songs rarely (if ever) performed, this is pure Hank Williams, including playful, between song banter. Fully restored to incredible quality, The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 is more like being in the studio when they were recorded than actually listening to them on the radio!

The CD packaging contains rare photos from the collection of set co-producer and Williams biographer, Colin Escott, as well as new liners. Also available on LP, the first pressing will be on limited-edition, translucent red vinyl (with black vinyl to follow), and contains Escott’s informative notes and a download card.

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