Arty Hill recording Hank tribute
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
– Cow Island Music singer Arty Hill is working on a Hank Williams tribute project. The disc, slated to come out in early fall, will contain covers and original songs about Williams.
An instrumental, Don's Bop, a tribute to the late Williams steel player Don Helms, is planned for the disc along with Church on Saturday Night, a song about the Grand Ole Opry. Hill wrote both songs.
Among the Williams songs on the disc will be I'm a Long Gone Daddy, Lovesick Blues and Pan American.
Hill is producing the disc being recorded in Baltimore. This will be Hill's third release for the Boston-based label.
CD reviews for Arty Hill and the Long Gone Daddys
Making a tribute album to Hank Williams could be career suicide but Arty Hill and His Long Gone Daddys pull off their eight song homage with solid vocals great picking and most of all, a ton of respect. With three originals including an instrumental tribute to Hank's steel player Don Helms featuring a virtuoso performance by multi-instrumentalist Dave Giegerich on Don's Bop, Hill and his band avoid the lure of rockabilly and keep feet planted firmly in early '50s honky tonk country. ...
Arty Hill and the Long Gone Daddys deftly demonstrate how good roots music can be when it is done simply. Aided in no small part by electric guitarist Dave Chappell and drummer Craig Stevens, Hill crafted a 12-song set of original songs - he wrote 11 of them - that express authentic country heartache and hard-drinkin' good times with modern leaning lyrics and '60s country rhythms. The CD was first put out four years ago and is repressed by Hill's current label with new liner notes. ...
Even though Boston-area label Cow Island Music is still wet behind the ears, it has already put out some strong records, including this one from Arty Hill and the Long Gone Daddys. Baltimore-based Hill and company serve up meat-and-potatoes honky-tonk, and they do it with the sort of dexterity and craft that makes it seem easy. Hill's songwriting, mostly about the usual suspects - hurtin', cheatin' and drinkin' - shows a facility at making something fresh out of timeworn ...