I’m In Love with Hank – Steve Earle BBC Radio 2


Born 17th September 19 1923

01 Hank Williams Radio 2 Doc Part 1

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“Dead at the age of 29, Hank Williams Snr. nonetheless managed to create such a body of work that he is now seen as the founding father of modern country music. In his short career – only 6 years – he cut over 170 songs, many of them now classics, which have been recorded by nearly everyone who is anyone in country.

His first songs were made and released 60 years ago in 1946 after he moved to Nashville and impressed the legendary Fred Rose who took the 23 year old Hank under his wing, acting as his manager, record producer and co-writer. Williams soon became a regular on the prestigious radio show “The Louisiana Hayride” and then later at the classic country venue the Grand Ole Opry; on his first appearance he performed his first hit “Lovesick Blues” leading to an unprecedented six encores.Hit after hit came from his pen – “I’m so Lonesome I could Cry”, “Long Gone Lonesome Blues”, “Moanin’ the Blues”, “Why don’t you Love Me?”, “Cold Cold Heart”, “Your Cheatin’ Heart” “Hey Good Lookin'” and “Jambalaya” being just a very few of the classic numbers that in later years became hits for artists like Tony Bennett, Jo Stafford, Joni James and the Carpenters.

Hank Williams’s life was a troubled one – spina bifida made worse through a riding accident caused him constant pain and he drank to excess and took drugs, mostly painkillers; but on top of that, he was one of the music business’s first rowdies – he played with guns, destroyed hotel rooms and generally acted out a life style the rock stars of the 60s thought they had invented.

He was fired from the Grand Ole Opry and the 50s saw his career decline as musicians and booking agents increasingly saw him as a problem. He battled with his mother and wife Audrey, whom he divorced and then later with second wife Billie Jean Jones; his early death came, ironically, in the back of a car after the plane hired to take him to a gig had been cancelled because of a blizzard – ironic because the gig was to feature Hawkshaw Hawkins, who later died in a plane crash with Cowboy Copas and Patsy Cline, a crash caused by…. a blizzard.

Since that tragic death, Hank Williams’s star has risen to the point where country stars of every stripe acknowledge him as the founding father – many have name-checked him in songs, such as Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Tim Hardin and Moe Bandy “

Loves Hurts – An Alternate Valentine

In Love With Hank

September 17, 1923– January 1, 1953.
Reposting this for obvious reasons, updated the dead link for anyone who missed it the first time around this is the BBC Radio 2 series “In Love With Hank” from May ’07, presented by Steve Earle and originally broadcast as five half hour shows it’s well worth the listening too – a great rock-doc for any Hank fan.

In Love With Hank

Pete Molinari "Authentic Country Blues"

Pete Molinari has a new album out of the 7th June A Train Bound for Glory hopefully he’ll pick up some thoroughly deserved wider recognition and sales from his recent TV début on Later – the new album follows on from his excellent 7 Track CD / 4 track 10″ Vinyl EP, Today Tomorrow and Forever plugged on the blog last year, just prior to it’s release Pete was in session with Bob Harris, talking country, Kerouac, Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie, Little Richard and recording in Nashville with the legendary Jordanaires who appeared on two tracks.

The session includes Tennessee Waltz from the EP, Brian Neville – Double Bass and Matt Radford – Snare Drum joined Pete Molinari – Guitar / Vocals for the trio of tracks.

Pete Molinari – Live in Session – Heartaches a Plenty
Pete Molinari – Live in Session – Interview Segment 1
Pete Molinari – Live in Session – Tennessee Waltz
Pete Molinari – Live in Session – Interview Segment 2
Pete Molinari – Live in Session – My 63 Chevrolet
Pete Molinari – Live in Session – Interview Segment 3

Really looking forward to Pete’s upcoming album and my appetite was further whetted after watching a performance of Streetcar Named Desire on Later earlier this month. If you like what hear check out Pete’s back catalogue at Damaged Goods.

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