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Flashback: Hank Williams Serenades June Carter

June 22, 2016

The Hank Williams classic "Hey, Good Lookin'" turns 65 years old today. Released on June 22, 1951, the song was written that spring, during an airplane ride that found Williams sitting beside Grand Ole Opry members Little Jimmy Dickens and Minnie...

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See Kacey Musgraves and Zac Brown Band's Hank Williams Jam

April 28, 2016

The musical paths of Kacey Musgraves and Zac Brown Band have crossed several times since the "Follow Your Arrow" singer made her major-label debut in 2013. The latest collaboration between Musgraves and the country-rockers was a highlight of last weekend's...

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How Tom Hiddleston Makes Psycho Sexy

April 19, 2016

If you ask politely, Tom Hiddleston will show you "The Snake." He lowers his chin, narrows his eyes into slits and gives a tight, predatory grin. "When I was working on I Saw the Light, I came across watching old footage of Hank Williams doing a...

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Hear Tom Hiddleston Sing Hank Williams' 'Move It On Over'

March 23, 2016

For his role as Hank Williams in the upcoming biopic I Saw the Light, actor Tom Hiddleston worked with singer-songwriter and Williams acolyte Rodney Crowell to master the country legend's singing style. Ahead of the April 1st release of the film, Hiddleston's...

I Saw the Light

March 24, 2016

Bitch all you want about a British actor, Tom Hiddleston — Loki  from The Avengers, for fuck's sake — taking on the role of Alabama-born Hank Williams, the singer-songwriter who influenced generations of country music performers who came...

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Flashback: See Hank 3's Fervent 'Howlin' at the Moon'

January 4, 2016

By early 1951, Hank Williams had taken five songs to Number One on the country charts. Among them, "Cold, Cold Heart" had also been a chart-topping pop hit for crooner Tony Bennett, who would later perform his stylized version of the tune on the Grand...

2015

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See the Trailer for the Hank Williams Biopic

December 1, 2015

How can a British actor, best known for his role in The Avengers, be fit to play the legendary father of contemporary country music, Hank Williams? It's a question that's been tossed around since the biopic went into development in 2009 with London-born...

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Holly Williams Weighs In on Hank Williams Biopic

September 28, 2015

Sitting backstage at Farm Aid 30 prior to her early afternoon set, Holly Williams was truly reveling in the moment. "I am beyond excited to be here. There are just no words," the singer/songwriter told Rolling Stone Country. "Farm Aid is something I've...

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See a Clip of Tom Hiddleston Singing in Hank Williams Biopic

September 11, 2015

Hank Williams and his Drifting Cowboys band come to life in the first official footage released from the upcoming biopic, I Saw the Light. British actor Tom Hiddleston steps into the shoes of the Alabama native in a brief scene from the film that...

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How Tom Hiddleston Transformed Into Hank Williams

October 16, 2015

The light before a good sunset in Tennessee changes from fiery pink to a flood of gold until the sky eventually turns a dark enough purple to be lit by a falling star — just as Hank Williams wrote it. In September of 2014, the summer heat had eased...

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Get to Know Your 'Difficult Men' Biopics

September 14, 2015

The fall movie season means prestige dramas and Oscar potentials — which usually means biopics. If you're a movie star with a big awards-potential movie coming out, there's a decent chance you're playing this award's season current life-story topic...

2014

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Hank Williams, Neil Young Songs Set for Grammy Hall

December 18, 2014

Classic recordings from Hank Williams, John Prine and Neil Young are among the 27 inductees into the Recording Academy's Grammy Hall of Fame for 2015. Their inclusion will bring the grand total of titles in the Hall of Fame to 987. (See the complete list...

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Hear Cale Tyson Channel Hank Williams in Cheating Song

December 4, 2014

When putting together the fall edition of Rolling Stone Country's Artists You Need to Know list, Texas singer-songwriter Cale Tyson was among the first to be included, thanks to his high-lonesome vocal style, timeless persona and lyrics that could have...

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Flashback: Hank Williams Becomes Hall of Famer

November 3, 2014

Today marks the 53rd anniversary of the Country Music Hall of Fame's very first round of inductions. During a Friday night performance of the Grand Ole Opry on November 3, 1961, three country heavyweights — Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers and...

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Four Combative Characters Added to Hank Williams Movie

October 16, 2014

The upcoming Hank Williams biopic, I Saw the Light, begins production in Louisiana this week, with four newly-announced actors on set. Wrenn Schmidt (pictured above), David Krumholtz, Josh Pais and James DuMont have been cast in the film, the Hollywood...

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Hear Hank Williams' Five Most Haunting Performances

September 17, 2014

Were he alive, Hank Williams would have turned 92 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 Girls Guns and Glory Get Holiday Drunk in New Video

December 16, 2014

It's hard to watch Girls Guns and Glory's new Christmas video "Holiday Heartache" and not think of Hall & Oates' equally goofy clip for "Jingle Bell Rock." But the twang-heavy country-rock group's singer and founder Ward Hayden says he's never...

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Bradley Whitford Cast in Hank Williams Biopic

November 7, 2014

The Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light has added The West Wing actor Bradley Whitford and fellow Emmy-winner Cherry Jones to its cast. Whitford will play iconic songwriter and music publisher Fred Rose, who co-wrote with Williams such classic...

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Hear Cracker's Dark New Country Ballad 'Almond Grove'

October 24, 2014

Cracker have been weaving subtle yet undeniable country twang throughout their sound since their 1992 self-titled debut. See "Mr. Wrong" from that album, or even "Lonesome Johnny Blues" from the 1993 follow-up Kerosene Hat. But with their new double album,...

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Mac Wiseman Talks Jamming With Dylan, Hall of Fame Honor

September 26, 2014

Mac Wiseman has a thing for the holidays. At his house, tucked away in a suburban neighborhood near Percy Priest Lake in Nashville, it could be December: There's a faux Christmas tree in the corner with colored lights, a plate of freshly baked cookies...

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