Hank WilliamsGrowing up, in and around Chicago through the 1960s and into the early 1970s listening to WLS 890 AM, the 50,000 watt clear channel station which also broadcast on 94.7 FM, as Country as it got, was Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Bobby Gentry, Tony Joe White, Jerry Reed, Roger Miller and a little Jerry Lee Lewis, I’m sure I forgot some. American and British Rock & Roll and Motown was the steady WLS diet with Bob Dylan and The Byrds too. Around the age of 18 my music appreciation expanded into Country and Blue Grass.

I came to know the Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons, Pure Prairie League, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Lefty Frizzell the list goes on, then deep into Blue Grass, Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Vassar Clements, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, Red, White & Blue Grass, The Dillards, Gene Clark, Jim & Jesse, John Hartford and while obviously not of the Blue Grass genre, good ole Jimmy Buffet well before he was even mildly popular. The list goes on and on. I can swap names all night long. Country and Blue Grass music is every bit as fundamentally American and diverse as the Jazz genre which we want to showcase in the future along with all the music we love and live with.

I do not claim to be an expert, only a fan.

On to the Subject of this Blog, I think you may enjoy a look into the life and times of Hank Williams vis-à-vis two movies, to what extent you will find them well acted and historically accurate I cannot judge. They are both about the Musician, his life and his Music. I found them both entertaining.

Enormously talented Rodney Crowell, ex-husband of Roseanne and son-in-law of Johnny Cash and long-time collaborator with superstar and timeless beauty Emmylou Harris helps bring Hank Williams life to light in the recent movie release, “I Saw the Light”.

“The Last Ride” Movie (2012) focuses and expands on Hank’s last days alive, which is the final act in the “I Saw the Light” picture.

Give a listen to Jimmie Dale Gilmores’s (named for Jimmie Rodgers) treatment of Hank’s “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” Classic:

And check this interview with Jimmie Dale Gilmore:

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