Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Hank Williams

I bought this boxset (Unreleased Recordings) two years ago on impulse. I really listened to the hell outta it. It's been almost half a century since his death, but believe me when I say his music is still as relevant as ever. Hank had the voice of a tortured angel. He was brutally honest in every note he sang, and his mournful wail is just plain heartbreaking to hear everytime. A song like I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry is just as apocalyptic and dark as Billie Holiday's Strange Fruit. He would also be very influential in terms of songwriting craft and language. Remember, this ain't some oldies music. This is real motherfucking country music.