Thursday, August 4, 2011
– A set of unrecorded Hank Williams lyrics will become songs this fall with the release of "The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams" with help from the likes of Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams, Sheryl Crow, Merle Haggard and Jack White.
Egyptian Records, Dylan's label imprint, in partnership with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's CMF Records and Columbia Records, will release the 12-song disc on Tuesday, Oct. 4.
The second title ever to be released on Egyptian (the first was 1997's "The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers - A Tribute Album"), "The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams" marks the first time the songs are being recorded.
The release of the CD provides an audio companion to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Family Tradition: The Williams Family Legacy, a 5,000-square-foot exhibition presenting an intimate, behind-the-scenes portrait of a great American musical dynasty. Family Tradition, which opened in March 2008, is the largest and most popular temporary exhibition in the institution's history. The exhibit, which includes Hank Williams' notebooks and other memorabilia, will close on Dec. 31.
The project began with the idea of finding a well-known artist, one who felt Williams' inspiration and influence, to record an album's worth of the unheard songs. After veteran music industry manager/A&R executive Mary Martin approached Dylan, a natural first choice for the endeavor, the project evolved into a multi-artist tribute providing a variety of sympathetic approaches to the material.
1. You've Been Lonesome, Too - Alan Jackson
2. The Love That Faded - Bob Dylan
3. How Many Times Have You Broken My Heart? - Norah Jones
4. You Know That I Know - Jack White
5. I'm So Happy I Found You - Lucinda Williams
6. I Hope You Shed a Million Tears - Vince Gill and Rodney Crowell
7. You're Through Fooling Me - Patty Loveless
8. You'll Never Again Be Mine - Levon Helm
9. Blue Is My Heart - Holly Williams
10. Oh, Mama, Come Home - Jakob Dylan
11. Angel Mine - Sheryl Crow
12. The Sermon on the Mount - Merle Haggard
Michael McCall from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, wrote the liner notes. "The history of Hank's notebooks is as complex as the legend himself. Yet, in the end, what matters most are the songs, and these new works rise from the ether with ghostly relevance. As with his many standards, these new recordings tap straight into the soul of man. This is songwriting at its most artful and most powerful."