Country artist Joey Allcorn announced that he is launching a crowd-sourcing campaign via Indiegogo.com to record and release an album that will salute the legendary Hank Williams and raise money for the Hank Williams Museum. He will be joined on the project by other artists who are avid Hank Williams fans and supporters of the museum, including Jake Penrod, Rachel Brooke, David Church, Arty Hill, Andy Norman, and Bobby Tomberlin.
Unlike other Hank Williams tribute recordings, this one will not feature any covers of Williams’ classic songs. Instead, it will focus on the mystery, the intrigue, and even the aura surrounding his untimely death. Such important figures as Charles Carr, Hank’s driver on the night he died, and Braxton Schuffert, one of Hank’s earliest musical heroes, both of whom recently passed away, will be a part of the musical story.
Among the songs set to be included are “The Death of Hank Williams,” the first Hank Williams tribute song ever released, “Death is Only a Dream,” Hank’s favorite song according to a 1952 Country Song Roundup interview, and “Midnight,” the last song Hank Williams ever sang while traveling to Canton, Ohio, on December 31, 1952. “I’ve wanted to do a project like this for a long time in order to bring back some of these songs that exist in Hank Williams lore that a lot of his fans might not be very familiar with,” Allcorn says.
Fans can get involved by visiting www.HankRecord.com Allcorn has worked with the Hank Williams Museum in creating incentive packages that offer exclusive Hank Williams memorabilia for contributions. Items offered range from limited edition, exclusive prints to lifetime memberships to the museum. “Most of these items are only available here at the museum,” says Allcorn, “so this is also an opportunity for Hank Williams collectors to obtain some really cool items they can’t get anywhere else.”
The campaign will run through September 1, 2013. Once the funding goal has been reached and recording is complete, the album will be available exclusively from the Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery, Alabama. All proceeds from its sale will go directly to the museum and play a role in keeping the world’s largest Hank Williams collection available for his many fans to enjoy for years to come.
Arriving a little too late to make the end of year review and Best ofhere’s an album that would placed high on said lists and hence it’s the first one for 2013, as a fan of Brooke’s previous work and particularly the last EP the vinyl was already ordered before the promo CD arrived, from the cover there’s, perhaps a hint of what one may expect if unfamiliar with Rachel Brooke’s music, though the classic country girl pose of the album art offers only a fragment of the recordings story for there’s more to this book than can be judged by its cover.
In contrast to previous releases which were mainly lo-fi country acoustic A Killer’s Dream features backing band Viva Le Vox fleshing out the sound, the album is not restricted by genre either country, blues, jazz and surf-rock are all in mix, two tracks from the Late Night Lover EP get a makeover that work beautifully in the context of the rest of the album, a loping trumpet is employed on Ashes to Ashes to great effect and the same instrument is put to work on Late Night Lover embellishing the track without losing the essence of the original – a perfect slice of sepia tinted country-noir.
Opening with an intriguing musical vignette that is swiftly curtailed the album eases into a country blues lament to a love rival, Fox In The Henhouse ,through to the title track that closes the album A Killers Dream, the album offers much to admire and enjoy – one favourite for me is the re-worked Late Night Lover though The Black Bird runs it close, the killer track though is the surf-rockin’ title track that (nearly) closes the album – if you hold on through the silence there’s a ‘hidden’ track You Don’t Hear Me Crying credited to Brooke’s fiancé Brooke Robbins, there are ten originals from the pen of Rachel Brooke and a cover of the legendary ‘Fats’ Domino’s Every Night About This Time, previous musical collaborator Lonesome Wyatt also appears taking the male vocal part on Old Faded Memory an ode to a lost lover and ‘the life we never shared”.
For the full experience we would of course recommend the vinyl which is only fitting for an album recorded in analog form live to two-inch tape.
A real delight this one from Rachel Brooke, a rustic and earthy country folk affair, the album’s an independent release, recorded at home with the exception of her dad’s banjo contribution and the drums been overdubbed , the album was subsequently mixed and mastered at her brothers Traverse City studio, in keeping with the DIY ethic Beat Surrender received a personal email from the lady herself with a few kind words and an introduction which is always a nice touch given the number of impersonal mailshots the inbox gets these days, so it’s my pleasure to add my plaudits to the growing chorus of approval Down in the Barnyard is garnering. The bakers dozen of tracks is made up of ten Brooke originals, an A.P. Carter penned tune Lonesome For You, one from Detroit songwriter Brooks Robbins I Don’t Worry - an album of this style wouldn’t be right without one traditional tune, Careless Love fills the spot.
The hands on approach to the whole album has worked a treat and the recording comes across as complete album, so don’t go cherry picking tracks on this one, it’s a proper album and deserves listening to start-to-end, Down in the Barnyard is Rachel’s second solo release, she has also released three other’s including a co-write with Lonesome Wyatt A Bitter Harvest (iTunes), check them out at Rachel’s Store
My pick from the album is the opener, a classic piece of story telling, boy and girl making out, the fella name drops the girls best friend, “a hammer of rust ended his lust” , best friend is located and duly despatched to the great beyond, the erring boyfriend follows, the slighted woman is caught, jailed and lives out her days incarcerated but with no regrets.