“I’m not lonely, i’m just lonesome for you”
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).
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.)
“Lonesome for You” – Hank III