Hank Williams (the first) died 57 years ago today.
Lord have mercy, what a man.
Here's Damon Root, of Reason magazine (I've spent the morning on their site) on the continued influence of Hank I on just about everything.
"Your Cheatin' Heart", "Move It On Over", "Hey Good Looking", and several others are in the Whited guitar/vocal repetoire. They're usually well-received, eliciting polite smatterings of applause and appreciation, and nothing more. But "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" always, always, always makes someone say something like "Can you imagine that much hurt inside a person?"
This is a video of Hank's "Long Gone Lonesome Blues"
A fresh coat of Whitening to Radley Balko for the link. If anyone is wondering, I run an occasional feature called The Weekly Radley as a testament to the immense power of getting linked to by Radley Balko. Long story.