A new box set is due out in early 2020 that will collect a series of 144 performances from radio shows country-music legend Hank Williams hosted nearly 70 years ago.
Entitled Hank Williams: Pictures From Life’s Other Side — The Man and His Music in Rare Photos and Recordings, the six-CD collection is due out Feb. 7.
In 1951, Williams began hosting a Mother’s Best Flour Company-sponsored 15-minute radio show at WSM studios. After the original discs were saved from being hauled to the dumpster, Cheryl Pawelski produced this set of restored and remastered recordings from the existing transcription discs by Michael Graves.
The set includes recordings of “Lovesick Blues,” “I Saw the Light,” “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” and “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.” Many of the recordings are the only known versions of those songs as performed by Williams.
The CDs are packaged in a slipcase and accompanied by a 272-page hardbound book filled with photographs of Williams. The book, which contains many previously unseen photos, was assembled by Grammy-winning Williams scholar Colin Escott with the assistance of Grammy nominee Scott B. Bomar and Williams photo collector Ken Campanile. The foreword to the book was written by Hank’s daughter, Jett Williams.
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Article image: Hank Williams in 1951. (WSM radio [Available through Public Domain] via Wikimedia Commons.)