Just got word a few minutes ago that Hank Thompson died this morning.
I used to sneak into clubs as a kid in the late 50's just to see him and his
hot road band, "The Brazos Valley Boys" ... one of the best Honky
Tonk/Western Swing bands ever.
Here's a "Six Pack To Go" to you, Hank, there's a ton of musicians you've
influenced that will miss you!
On Wed, 07 Nov 2007 10:42:19 -0600, Swingman wrote:
I'll share that those thoughts with you. As far as I am concerned, there
was and never will be a greater western swing band. I still have his
records from the 50's and still listen to him.
I'm sure that great country singers and bands in the sky has been waiting
So long, Hank.
Tex Ritter - his Blood On The Saddle - a cowboy classic.
Terry Gross of NPR just rebroadcast her interview with
Hank Thompson. Don't recall the date of the original
interview. He talked about a recording session he played
on with George Jones and Loretta Lynn - after they'd
split up. He said that while they were both pros and
worked together as professionals, there was a special
emotional edge in their voices that comes through on
the recordings - country western songs being mostly
about lost loves and hard luck - with a bit of whiskey
thrown in. You know - the ones which, when you play
backwards - you get back your wife, your kids, your
house, your truck, your dog, your pistol - and your
Willy, take real good care of yourself (as if) cause
there ain't no more of your kind around and there
likely won't be any more.
I can remember "The wild side of life" and Kitty Wells doing the answer
in "God didn't make honky tonk angels". Just great and caused a bit of
a sensation in South Dakota (and other towns in the sticks).
The world needs more artists like Hank, not less.
It sure does, but instead we get a host of pretty boys who must carry
a gym on the bus, hop around the stage in their undershirts, and keep
hats pulled down over their eyes as if they were some kind of Far West
bad ass desperadoes. A couple can sing, but, jeez, most don't even
give mediocre a good name.
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