Tag Archives: Hank Williams

Tipitina’s Night #2: Lucinda Finds Her Joy

The second night of Lucinda Williams’ two-night stand at Tipitina’s was all about Louisiana. Instead of playing the entire Rough Trade album plus bonus tracks, as she did on Sunday evening, she built the set list around her induction in the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame (which happened before the encore). Which meant she pulled [...]

Vin Bruce, Dans La Louisianne (Bear Family Records)

Columbia Records signed Vin Bruce in 1952, making the 19-year-old the first Cajun to ever sign a contract with a major label. It was his beautiful French originals that attracted the record company, who recognized the potential of a Cajun country artist after Harry Choates garnered national acclaim with “Jole Blon” in 1946. Between 1952 [...]

Johnnie Allan, Shine On (Jin Records)

This 15-track collection commemorates Johnnie Allan’s 60th anniversary in professional music with mostly previously released material (1979-1999) now appearing on CD for the first time. One of Allan’s classics, “La bague qui brille,” is the impetus for this release, as the song has remained popular since super group Cajun Born, of which Allan was a [...]

Spencer Bohren, The Blues According to Hank Williams (Valve Records)

Hank Williams died at the age of 29, leaving behind what sometimes feels like half the American country music songbook. Listening to the recordings, I’m always struck: this is a young man’s voice singing an old man’s songs about loss and loneliness. Spencer Bohren didn’t live through the history or the personal struggles that produced [...]

Hurray for the Riff Raff Covers Hank Williams and Bob Dylan

Recently, Hurray for the Riff Raff released a video of the band covering Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” a song that suits the band perfectly. They also recorded a version of Bob Dylan’s “Seven Curses” from The Bootleg Series Vol. 1-3, which is also lovely and melancholy due to the band’s fragile [...]

Cindy Scott, Let the Devil Take Tomorrow (Catahoula)

I’ve surprised many friends over the years by saying that Cindy Scott’s debut album from 2002, Major to Minor, is my favorite album by a local woman singer. This is problematic for some, since 1) Scott is not from here and 2) her back-up band on this album is from Houston. Scott’s second disc, the [...]