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Hear Hank Williams' Five Most Haunting Performances

September 17, 2014

Were he alive, Hank Williams would have turned 91 today, September 17th. But country music history was written on January 1, 1953, when the forebear of high-lonesome country music died at age 29 in the backseat of a Cadillac while on the way to a gig...

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Watch Holly Williams Perform Love Letter to Her Grandparents

September 16, 2014

As the granddaughter of American icon Hank Williams (and daughter of Hank Jr.), singer-songwriter Holly Williams is used to the public's fascination with her legendary family. Williams was born in 1981, and her grandfather, Hank Sr., died in 1952. Her...

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Tom Hiddleston Crashes Music Festival as Hank Williams

September 8, 2014

British-born actor Tom Hiddleston, who starts shooting the Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light next month in Louisiana, tested out his singing skills on concertgoers this past weekend with a surprise performance at Michigan's Wheatland Music Festival. The...

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Inside the Country Hall of Fame Expansion

April 14, 2014

It's pretty easy to get lost in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum these days: On Tuesday, the institution will more than double its size with a $100 million, 210,000-square-foot expansion that will be unveiled in a ceremony featuring performances...

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Lead in Hank Williams Movie Revealed

June 13, 2014

Hank Williams will be the subject of a new biopic starring English actor Tom Hiddleston in the lead role. Written and directed by Marc Abraham, I Saw the Light will chronicle Williams' rise to stardom and the effects of years of substance abuse that ended...

2013

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Ray Price's Wild Life and Epic Career

December 13, 2013

Ray Price has spent more than 60 years packing dance halls and honky tonks as one of the greatest country singers of all time, but his career is coming to an end. Price, 87, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer over a year ago, and has decided to end...

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Dr. John Lets Loose With Dan Auerbach at Americana Awards

September 19, 2013

Last night, Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach presented Dr. John with a lifetime achievement award at the Americana Music Honors and Awards ceremony at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, praising the blues-rock and psychedelic zydeco pioneer for his decades...

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Holly Williams Follows Family's Americana Tradition on 'The Highway'

January 28, 2013

Although The Highway is Holly Williams' third album, the singer-songwriter regards it as something of a fresh start. She paid for it, for one thing, and she's releasing it on her own Georgiana imprint after stints on major labels.   "This really...

2012

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Kitty Wells, Pioneering Country Singer, Dead at 92

July 16, 2012

Pioneering female country singer Kitty Wells died today at her home in Madison, Tennessee, due to complications from a stroke, her grandson John Sturdivant Jr. told the New York Times. She was 92. An undeniable influence in the world of country, success...

2011

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Exclusive Stream: Jack White Interprets Hank Williams' Lost Song

October 3, 2011

Click to listen to Jack White's 'You Know That I Know' The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams is a new collection of previously unheard songs performed by the country great recorded by artists including Bob Dylan, Jack White, Norah Jones and Levon Helm....

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Bob Dylan, Jack White Record Unheard Hank Williams Songs

September 1, 2011

When Hank Williams died on New Year's Day in 1953, the country legend left behind lyrics for up to 50 songs, many of which were found in notebooks kept in a box under his bed. Now, on the new album The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams (out October 4th),...

2010

Album Review

The Complete Mother's Best Recordings... Plus!

September 28, 2010

Taped at Nashville's WSM radio in 1951, these early-morning broadcasts (each 15 minutes long) reveal a wonderfully relaxed Hank Williams: He jokes around, promotes Mother's Best Flour and delivers spine-tingling performances of both old hymns and classic...

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News Ticker: Grammys, Nas and Kelis, Hank Williams, Supergrass

April 13, 2010

The 53rd Annual Grammys will air live on CBS from Los Angeles' Staples Center on February 13, 2011. Albums and songs released between September 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010 will be eligible for awards. A Los Angeles judge has ordered Nas to pay...

2007

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Bob Dylan, Jack White Channel Hank Williams

December 13, 2007

More than fifty years after Hank Williams died of a morphine overdose, the last lyrics he ever wrote are finally being set to music – by an all-star team including Bob Dylan, Jack White, Lucinda Williams and Alan Jackson. Dylan is spearheading the...

2003

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Hank Williams Tapes Surface

September 11, 2003

More than 150 Hank Williams recordings from 1951 may soon be available, as the country music legend's estate recently won a court ruling that granted it ownership. Only good fortune made the tapes available in the first place. Williams, who would have...

2002

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Rocking My Life Away

December 23, 2002

This New Year's Day marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Hank Williams, the country music giant who has proven to be one of the most influential singers and songwriters of the past half century. Timeless, the excellent tribute to his music that...

2001

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Rock Hall to Honor Masters

January 25, 2001

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has chosen Bessie Smith and Hank Williams to be the first and second recipients of the museum's new American Masters Series. The series will first spotlight the legendary Smith, the "Empress of the Blues," in...

2000

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Johnny Cash Won't Back Down

October 26, 2000

On a sunlit afternoon, Johnny Cash sits in a large, comfortable chair in the Hendersonville, Tennessee, house he's shared with his wife, June Carter Cash, for more than thirty years. He's reflecting on his life. In 1997, he announced that he was struggling...

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Hank Williams III's Twisted Roots

February 25, 2000

The murmurs will dog him. Unlike his long-haired, rotund father, Hank Williams III shares that gaunt, lean specter of a look his (in)famous grandfather personified. The whole damn world feels like it knows this twenty-seven-year-old, weed-bent and hellbound...

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