New Hank Williams Recordings, Hank III At The Hall

Hank Williams III treated both devoted fans and Museum visitors to a special interview and performance on Saturday (10/10) at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. During the program, which was held in conjunction with the Museum’s major exhibition Family Tradition: The Williams Family Legacy, Williams spoke about his family’s musical legacy and performed his own brand of country music, punk rock and heavy metal with a full band.

Pictured L-R—Exhibit co-curator Carolyn Tate, Daniel Mason (banjo), Williams, Shawn McWilliams (drums), Zach Shedd (bass), Adam McOwen (fiddle), Andy Gibson (steel guitar, dobro) and exhibit co-curator Michael McCall. Photo by Donn Jones

Pictured (L-R) Exhibit co-curator Carolyn Tate, Daniel Mason (banjo), Williams, Shawn McWilliams (drums), Zach Shedd (bass), Adam McOwen (fiddle), Andy Gibson (steel guitar, dobro) and exhibit co-curator Michael McCall. Photo by Donn Jones

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A set of previously unreleased recordings that Hank Williams made for the Mother’s Best radio show in 1951 will be issued as a 3-CD box set called Revealed: Unreleased Recordings on Nov. 3 via Time Life. In addition to 50 tracks not heard since they originally aired, the collection includes extremely rare in-studio conversations with Williams, and each disc contains a complete show exactly as it was heard over fifty years ago. Of particular importance is “Cold, Cold, Heart” captured on one of the program’s earliest surviving shows, making it the first public performance ever of the song.

The recordings offer new insight into William’s life and music, revealing a previously guarded personality. It showcases his humor as he jokes with his band and the emcee, and his love of music as he talks about his favorite songs.

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