Alone with His Guitar

Alone with His Guitar

by Hank Williams
     
 
Alone with His Guitar presents a persuasive case for Hank Williams' status as country music's one-man Mount Rushmore. These solo acoustic radio performances and song demos (heretofore available only on the ten-CD Complete Hank Williams box set) are delivered with stunning immediacy and conviction, so much so that the classic studio versions of such

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Alone with His Guitar presents a persuasive case for Hank Williams' status as country music's one-man Mount Rushmore. These solo acoustic radio performances and song demos (heretofore available only on the ten-CD Complete Hank Williams box set) are delivered with stunning immediacy and conviction, so much so that the classic studio versions of such familiar tunes as "Honky Tonk Blues" and "Kaw-Liga" pale in comparison. Hank's familiar, haunted voice needs nothing more than his sturdy strumming behind it to deliver the emotional intensity that makes his work so timelessly resonant. Only seven of the collection's 18 tracks are original Hank compositions, but there's no distinction between the urgency of those performances and the deep feeling he brings to such numbers as Pee Wee King and Redd Stewart's poignant "Thy Burdens Are Greater Than Mine" and Bob Nolan's cowboy standard "Cool Water," which is delivered in the parched tones of a man who knows firsthand what it's like to be wandering across the heart's barren landscape. This enhanced disc also includes some interesting CD-ROM features, including some interesting visual elements and previously unissued spoken-word recordings (such as a commercial Hank recorded for a friend who was running for sheriff), as well as Hank Williams III's heartfelt reading of William Gay's liner essay reflecting on the mystical impact Hank Sr.'s music had on his poor Southern family.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
A real treat for Hank-o-philes who really drooled over the few gritty demo recordings that appeared on the extensive box set The Complete of Hank Williams. Leading off with the previously unreleased "Tennesee Border," ten of the 18 cuts here come from early '49 appearances on Shreveport, Louisiana's KWKH; and the rest are demo recordings made to pitch songs to his label. These provide a warm, intimate look at a man playing songs on his guitar that would change the world.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/19/2000
Label:
Mercury Nashville
UPC:
0008817016429
catalogNumber:
170164
Rank:
49154

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