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“I’m not lonely, i’m just lonesome for you”

August 16, 2007

I just (finally) got Hank III’s first album (Risin’ Outlaw).  It is damn good.  I finally decided i really needed to get it when i heard his version of “Cocaine Blues.”  Stylistically, it’s along the lines of Lovesick, Broke and Driftin’ (his 2nd); really traditional and a little rough around the edges.  It’s not as wild as Straight to Hell (3rd, most recent, and, incedentally, the first country music album to be released with a ‘parental advisory’ notice).

risin outlaw

One of the things i love about Hank III is that i feel like his music is completely self-aware.  It’s almost making fun of itself, but it never cracks a smile.  What i mean is that his music is so country; he borrows from all the obvious themes, and even makes some direct references to older songs (and covers of, say, Johnny Cash), and the style is real old-school country.  But the thing is that he’s so good at it that it’s never over-the-top or silly.  Along with which, you’re pretty sure he’s not (completely) making shit up when he sings bad boy/rebel pride/life is hard songs.

That wasn’t new to me, but i couldn’t help but notice it again listening to this for the first time.  I could sing along with “lonesome for you” and “what did love ever do to you” the first time i heard them, because, well, they say exactly what you’d expect.  But, remarkably, i didn’t lose any respect for him for that.

While we’re on the subject, check out this petiton to reinstate Hank Williams Sr. into the Grand Ole’ Opry.  I picked up two cool posters at the Hank III show a while back on the subject.  One says “The Grand Ole Opry holds [some thousands] spectators…and one major grudge.”  My favorite says “So he smoked, drank and chased women.  Have you listened to a country music song lately?”

(note on my personal life…i’m not sure, but i think maybe my problem is exactly the opposite of this song.)

Lady Brett
“Lonesome for You” – Hank III

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 17, 2007 12:02 am

    looks like a good one … I have a few miscellaneous tracks, but I don’t think I have any of his albums. have you heard Holly Williams? she’s related, somehow (neice or granddaughter or something) and she is gorgeous & brilliant.

  2. August 17, 2007 8:13 am

    hmm, i haven’t. I’ll have to check her out.

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