Wednesday, 1 January 2014

January 1st - Hank Williams and Townes van Zandt

On the 1st January 1953 Hank Williams died in the back of a Cadillac on the way to another show.
I'll never get out of this world alive, Hank Williams

Tim Hardin recorded this tribute to Hank Williams. There's a couple of lines that kind of sum up the whole reason for songwriters - I didn't know you... But I've been to places you've been
Tribute to Hank Williams, Tim Hardin
 Hardly nobody knew how soon they'd be crying.
Black Sheep Boy, Tim Hardin 65, Michael Weston King

Michael Weston King recorded this tribute to Tim Hardin.

Lost Highway, Townes van Zandt

Another great songwriter influenced by Hank Williams was Townes van Zandt, listen to his version of Lost Highway here.  On January 1st 1997, on the anniversary of Hank's passing Townes van Zandt died.
Riding the Range, Townes van Zandt & the Calvins
Townes looked back to the great songwriters that inspired him but also recorded this song written by Michael Weston King.

Lay me down, Waiting around to Die, Michael Weston King
Marie, Michael Weston King with Jackie Leven
This cover of Townes van Zandt's song Marie performed by Michael Weston King and Jackie Leven was recorded at QE2 Activity Centre in 2007.    
Townes at the Borderline, Jackie Leven and Michael Cosgrave
A version of that song (Marie) was included on the album Riding the Range - the songs of Townes van Zandt.  It also included Townes at the Borderline by Jackie Leven.
Heart in my Soul, Jackie Leven
Jackie died in November 2011.  Here he is performing the David Childers song Heart in my Soul.  Following his death Michael Weston King reworked the song
Main Travelled Roads, Michael Weston King and Deborah Greenwood
Finally here is Michael Weston King with Deborah Greenwood performing Jackie Leven's Main Travelled Roads at Beverley Folk Festival 2013.  Today is Deborah's birthday.  Circle of life.

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