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Sunday 9 June 2019
Honky Tonk Hanks
Sometimes when you are looking for inspiration for a post it just pops up and slaps you in the face.
One such example happened during the week when I was playing an Uncut compilation from February 2013 called Honky Tonk Heroes in the car on the way to work.
I noticed that the artists on tracks 10 - 14 were all Hanks. Sorted.
We start with the Gov'ner and the only one who died young (at the tender age of 29) the Hillbilly Shakespeare himself Hank Williams.
Hank is followed by Texan Hank Thompson whose career spanned seven decades prior to his death in 2007 at the age of 82.
Hank is followed by Canadian Hank Snow who outlived Hank T dying at the age of 85..
Finally Hank is followed by Hank Locklin who outlived them all by living to the ripe old age of 91.
A CD well worth picking up if you see it on your travels. It also contains two of my favourite ever songs but not by my preferred performers.
You're Still On My Mind is sung by George Jones as opposed to The Byrds with Porter Wagoner instead of The Walkabouts singing A Satisfied Mind.
Oh and for good measure Carl and Pearl Butler also appear with the majestic Don't Let Me Cross Over.
Hank Williams -You Win Again
Hank Thompson - A Broken Heart and a Glass of Beer
Hank Snow - Miller's Cave
Hank Locklin - Please Help Me, I'm Falling