Timeless: Hank Williams Tribute

Timeless: Hank Williams Tribute

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The title says it all about the music of Hank Williams, and the artists assembled here to honor the country legend do so with conviction, energy, and, for the most part, a good feel for finding their individual voices within his time-tested material. Bob Dylan sets the pace with a raggedy romp through theSee more details below

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The title says it all about the music of Hank Williams, and the artists assembled here to honor the country legend do so with conviction, energy, and, for the most part, a good feel for finding their individual voices within his time-tested material. Bob Dylan sets the pace with a raggedy romp through the ebullient toe-tapper "I Can't Get You off of My Mind," which Dylan's weathered vocal attack renders doubly amusing, conveying equal parts shock at and yearning for a lover who ditched him. A deep blues take of "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" by Keb' Mo' is stunning, his stately vocal emitting heartrending passion and the mournful pedal steel and evocative fiddle lines providing additional tear-stained commentary. With his best vocal on record since "Happy," Keith Richards is all darkness and trembling in a soulful version of "You Win Again" -- think Nashville by way of Memphis. Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler show up twice: on the stark "Lost on the River" and the ballad of despair and abandonment "Alone and Forsaken." Hank's sentimental side could have no better standard bearer than Johnny Cash, whose recitation of "I Dreamed About Mama Last Night" brings dignity to what might have been an impossibly maudlin song in lesser hands. Beck, Sheryl Crow, Ryan Adams, and Lucinda Williams all make memorable appearances, but it's when Hank Williams III kicks out the jams on the gleeful kiss-off song "I'm a Long Gone Daddy," that you sense Hank Sr. smiling somewhere, recognizing the depth to which the circle remains unbroken.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Many tribute albums act as secret promotional tools for the individual labels to push some of their lesser-known artists on the coattails of their heavy hitters. Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth on Lost Highway's all-star tribute to Hank Williams, Timeless. Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Emmylou Harris, and Keith Richards are among the seasoned performers who offer their heartfelt interpretations of Williams' songs, as well as inspired choices from younger artists, including Beck, Ryan Adams, and the grandson of the man being celebrated, Hank III. The songs themselves range from Sheryl Crow's faithful re-recording of "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" to Beck's stripped-down and quirky collaboration with producer Jon Brion on "Your Cheatin' Heart." While the more traditional country songs are entertaining and well-done, the real strong points are the looser, more raw contributions. Keith Richards' boozy rip through "You Win Again" is as intimate and stumbling as ole Hank on his last nights, and hard-livin' torchbearer Ryan Adams' living-room recording of "Lovesick Blues" resonates with the singer's own youthful weariness. The album ends with Lucinda Williams' (no relation) sparse and chilling "Cold, Cold Heart" and Johnny Cash's tender recitation of "I Dreamed About Mama Last Night." While many tribute collections seem disjointed and disappointing, Timeless pulls together some of the most interesting artists available, and their performances, while varied, all display a passionate devotion to the music of one of country's true legends.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2001
Label:
Lost Highway
UPC:
0008817023922
catalogNumber:
170239
Rank:
44479

Tracks

  1. I Can't Get You off of My Mind @@Bob Dylan
  2. Long Gone Lonesome Blues @@Sheryl Crow
  3. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry @@Keb' Mo'
  4. Your Cheatin' Heart @@Beck
  5. Lost on the River @@Mark Knopfler with Emmylou Harris
  6. You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave) @@Tom Petty
  7. You Win Again @@Keith Richards
  8. Alone and Forsaken @@Emmylou Harris with Mark Knopfler
  9. I'm a Long Gone Daddy @@Hank III
  10. Lovesick Blues @@Ryan Adams
  11. Cold, Cold Heart @@Lucinda Williams
  12. I Dreamed About Mama Last Night @@Johnny Cash

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Cash   Vocals
Emmylou Harris   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Bob Dylan   Guitar,Vocals
Tom Petty   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Vocals
Lucinda Williams   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Blondie Chaplin   Guitar
Jeff Paris   Piano
Geraint Watkins   Piano
Sheryl Crow   Vocals
Beck   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Brian Barnett   Drums
Richard Bennett   Electric Guitar
Jon Brion   Bass
Larry Campbell   Guitar
Jack Clement   Guitar
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Duane Denison   Electric Guitar
Craig Dreyer   Saxophone
Guy Fletcher   Acoustic Guitar
Tony Garnier   Bass
Mark Knopfler   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Greg Leisz   Steel Guitar
Colin Linden   Dobro,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Jay Dee Maness   Steel Guitar
David Mansfield   Violin
Brian Mitchell   Accordion
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Keith Richards   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Kayton Roberts   Steel Guitar
Randy Scruggs   Guitar
Peter Stroud   Guitar
Lyle Workman   Piano,Drums,Noise
Keb' Mo'   Guitar,Vocals
Paul Nowinski   Bass
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington   Bass
Sergio González   Drums
Justin Meldal-Johnsen   Bass
John Pirruccello   Steel Guitar
Ryan Adams   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Sheldon Gomberg   Bass
Tim Smith   Bass
David Roe   Bass

Technical Credits

Tom Petty   Producer,Engineer
Sheryl Crow   Producer
Bob Brockman   Engineer
Ethan Johns   Producer,Engineer
Mark Knopfler   Producer
Colin Linden   Producer
John Whynot   Engineer
Hank Williams   Arranger,Composer
Keb' Mo'   Producer,Engineer
Ben Elliot   Engineer
Mickey Petralia   Producer,Engineer
Rafael Serrano   Engineer
John Carter Cash   Producer,Engineer
Luke Lewis   Producer
Bonnie Garner   Producer
Mary Martin   Producer

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