Hank Williams

The Unreleased Recordings

BY Vish KhannaPublished Nov 22, 2008

A stunning uncovering of unreleased Hank Williams recordings reveals country music's greatest artist at his peak, playing songs with lively abandon for lucky WSM radio listeners, greeted each morning by ol' Hank and his Drifting Cowboys. In his best year commercially, Hank Williams spent 1951 breaking his already broken back, touring North America relentlessly, and making a buck any way he could. Capitalizing on the popularity that his hit single "Cold, Cold Heart" wrought, Williams hosted a WSM radio broadcast everyday at 7:15 a.m., singing songs in his vast repertoire, and plugging his sponsor, Mother's Best baking products. Occasionally pre-recorded, those acetates recently became the property of his estate and are presented here for the first time, over three discs. From "On Top of Old Smoky" to "There's Nothing as Sweet as My Baby," Williams' inimitable voice and charm are looser than any known studio recording, making these performances an unexpected gift from the grave.

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