“I can’t buy no beer”

Hank Williams – “My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It” (1949) and “Dear John” (1950) from 40 Greatest Hits (1978)

After Jordy’s post on the Flying Burrito Brothers a month or so back, I’ve decided to try to get into country music. You’d think that living in the South would help, but people just want to talk about Radiohead. Oh well. Hank sang soulful tunes with such perfect vocal control. Every little crack in his voice–and there aren’t many–means something huge. Plus those lyrics can’t be beat.

Buy Hank here

for more on country, check The Rising Storm or Setting the Woods on Fire

Posted by Glenn


Filed under 1940s, 1950s, Americana, Country, Singer-Songwriter

2 responses to ““I can’t buy no beer”

  1. Adam Bailey

    A must-have in any respectable country collection is Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison. Jordy can attest to the quality of his American Recordings as well, if you aren’t already familiar with them.

  2. Jordy

    Glenn and I talked about John Cash briefly. His whole posthumous revival was a bit perplexing to me. The American recordings were good because Cash covered the right material and because he (and Rick Rubin and that movie, etc.) had constructed the right myth about Johnny Cash. Still, I don’t think he had the true grit of folks like Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie and he wasn’t as honest a musician as the likes of the Louvin Brothers, whom everyone should out: http://therisingstorm.net/the-louvin-brothers-satan-is-real/
    Cash is good and Folsom Prison was an inspired set, but people need to get beyond him into some of the other country greats. I have to admit that I have only scratched the surface and look forward to the journey ahead.

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