Weary Blues: The Songs of Hank Williams

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
As country's first true modern performer and songwriter, Hank Williams understood the blues on a fundamental level, and although he didn't sing or write blues pieces in the strict sense of the form, he grasped that the blues was essentially one man's troubles personalized and made to stand in for the listener's own. That his own life was a honky tonk soap opera of mythic proportions only added to the power of what he performed, and the illusion that he was publicly singing about his own life at every turn continues even today to give his work a tremendous resonance. This odd collection of relatively obscure Hank Williams songs done by artists ranging from Ray Price to Roy...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
As country's first true modern performer and songwriter, Hank Williams understood the blues on a fundamental level, and although he didn't sing or write blues pieces in the strict sense of the form, he grasped that the blues was essentially one man's troubles personalized and made to stand in for the listener's own. That his own life was a honky tonk soap opera of mythic proportions only added to the power of what he performed, and the illusion that he was publicly singing about his own life at every turn continues even today to give his work a tremendous resonance. This odd collection of relatively obscure Hank Williams songs done by artists ranging from Ray Price to Roy Acuff has a bleak, desperate, and eerie cast to it, and while nothing here is truthfully the blues the way, say, Blind Lemon Jefferson would do it, the difference is marginal, and the sense of loss and personal misery that permeates these sides makes it easy to see why country has been called the white man's blues. Haunting, spare, and eerie, tracks like Ray Price's take on "Weary Blues from Waitin'" sound absolutely exhausted, while the lyrics to "Evening Train" (sung here by Molly O'Day), which detail an infant's eyes gone red from weeping and how its "little heart is filled with pain," are about as grim as things can get. It may not be the blues in form, but it damn sure is in content. This isn't a collection for 2-steps. It's a collection for staring into the desperate center of a wounded heart.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2004
  • Label: Copper Creek
  • UPC: 722321700321
  • Catalog Number: 7003

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 There's Nothing as Sweet as My Baby - Carl Smith (2:20)
  2. 2 Weary Blues from Waitin' - Ray Price & the Cherokee Cowboys (3:00)
  3. 3 Singing Waterfall (2:37)
  4. 4 The Waltz of the Wind - Roy Acuff (2:35)
  5. 5 Are You Walking and A-Talking for the Lord - Stoney Cooper (2:07)
  6. 6 I Can't Escape from You - Ray Price & the Cherokee Cowboys (2:30)
  7. 7 Me and My Broken Heart - Carl Smith (2:54)
  8. 8 Evening Train (2:53)
  9. 9 Stranger in the Night - George Morgan (3:27)
  10. 10 There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight (2:52)
  11. 11 Jesus Died for Me (2:48)
  12. 12 I Lost the Only Love I Knew - Ray Price & the Cherokee Cowboys (2:32)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Don Helms Composer
Audrey Williams Composer
Fred Rose Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Bill Morgan Composer
Gary B. Reid Reissue Producer
Lisa Berman Graphic Design
Gregory G. Greenstein Reissue Producer
Marty Rosen Liner Notes
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