Catherine Forsythe

Catherine Forsythe
know a bit about computer security, dogs, horses, skiing, medicine and making risotto. My nickname in real life/online is "Noggie" - I'm on Twitter, with the @dogreader account.

SEPTEMBER 26, 2011 12:00PM

New Songs from Hank Williams Sr. with The Lost Notebooks

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There are songs with lyrics that become part of the fabric of a culture. Even if the songwriter does not come readily to mind, the lyric captures the essence of an emotion. - I'm so lonesome I could cry.  -  That song was written and recorded by Hank Williams, in 1949. His death followed shortly in 1953.

Next week, on October 4, Hank Williams will return to the music charts with new songs. This new music will be sung by contemporary stars:

Alan Jackson

Bob Dylan

Norah Jones

Jack White

Lucinda Williams

Vince Gill and Rodney Crowell

Patty Loveless

Levon Helm

Holly Williams

Jakob Dylan

Sheryl Crow 

Merle Haggard

This stellar group pay tribute to Hank Williams on one album, The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams.  

These previously unrecorded songs were gleaned from preliminary notes and ideas jotted down by Williams. They have been saved and archived for generations. Bob Dylan, a long-time admirer of Williams' work, was asked to release this new music as an individual artist. Dylan concluded that the undertaking was monumental and beyond one person. Other contemporary artists had to be involved. 

There are some who have objected to this approach to Williams' uncompleted music. The objections fall within the lines of whether one would hand over an incomplete Picasso painting to be finished by a contemporary artists. While the analogy has obvious flaws, the criticisms of the project show the reverence with which Hank Williams is held. Some people feel that even such a stellar group that Bob Dylan has entrusted with the lyrics cannot improve upon the master. 

Nevertheless, there is some symmetry with this album. One of the songs, "Blue Is My Heart", is sung by Holly Williams. She is Hank Williams' grand-daughter. On backup vocals is her father, Hank Williams Jr. Perhaps Hank Williams would be pleased that the generation of digital music listeners soon will be rediscovering his music.

Catherine Forsythe 

The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams EPK from Columbia Records on Vimeo.

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This is the coolest. Love. Love. Love!
Catherine, when I was a child my neighbour's husband used to play Snow's songs all the time. Nothing but a calming influence on me.
That takes care of a few Christmas gifts! Interesting stuff, Catherine! I'm spending money from class ;)
Right on! Thanks for this Catherine.
Very interesting. As a songwriter, I hope to hell somebody discovers my voluminous notebooks after I'm gone, and does something -- anything -- with them. Well, other than burn them, which is the most likely scenario by a country mile.

Conspicuous by their absence from this list of artist invitees are Hank Williams III and Jett Williams.
Thanks for posting this, sounds worth checking out. When I got my first Hank Williams record when I was younger, it started my life long love of old country music.
Thanks for the info. I'll get back to this one.