Rockin' Chair Money

Rockin' Chair Money

by Hank WilliamsHank Williams


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Although Hank Williams' position in the country music canon is more than assured, the actual state of his recorded legacy has been a bit of a confusing mess, with countless compilations flooding the market: some contain original singles, some contain glorified demos, some have overdubs -- even whole orchestras -- added, some are radio transcriptions, and some of these, again, have had overdubs added. It's confusing, and it doesn't serve Williams that well at times. He has ended up being one of those recording artists who released as much "new" material after his death (in 1953) as he released before it. MGM was in a bit of a bind when Williams died because they only had maybe five unreleased Williams tracks still left in the bank, but the label quickly discovered the world of radio transcriptions and the many songs Williams had sung live, usually solo with guitar, for the Johnny Fair Syrup radio show. Adding in demos Williams had done as part of his Acuff-Rose publishing deal, MGM had a lot of material to work with, even if the recording quality wasn't always up to snuff. The label began doing overdubs, bringing in Williams' band, the Drifting Cowboys, to fill things out on a number of these recordings. Other times strings were piled on, or electric guitars, which led to a seemingly endless string of Hank Williams collections mixed and matched in a variety of ways. This generous 33-track collection from Bear Family Records wades into all of this and delivers a concise template for the MGM years. Several of Williams' singles are here in the original versions, along with Acuff-Rose demos and Johnny Fair Syrup radio transcriptions. With release dates listed from 1947 to 1961, it illuminates the story of a troubled but brilliant artist and his at times reticent, at other times eager -- and ultimately desperate -- record label.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/26/2013
Label: Bear Family Germany
UPC: 4000127166364
catalogNumber: 2716636
Rank: 46882

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hank Williams   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Chet Atkins   Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Don Helms   Steel Guitar
Grady Martin   Electric Guitar
Owen Bradley   Piano
Lightnin' Chance   Bass
Buddy Harman   Drums
Eddie Hill   Rhythm Guitar
Tommy Jackson   Fiddle
Bob McNett   Electric Guitar
Ernest Ernie Newton   Bass
Jerry Rivers   Fiddle
Howard Watts   Bass
Jerry Byrd   Steel Guitar
Farris Coursey   Drums
Dale Potter   Fiddle
Jack Shook   Rhythm Guitar
Lum York   Bass
Louis Innis   Bass,Rhythm Guitar
Otha Dale Lohman   Steel Guitar
Clyde Baum   Mandolin
James C. Grishaw   Electric Guitar
L.C. Crystal   Fiddle
Herman Herron   Steel Guitar
George "Willie" Thall   Bass
Samuel K. "Sammy" Pruett   Guitar
Don Davis & the Nite Owls   Steel Guitar
Bronson Lee Reynolds   Bass
Charles "Indian Chuck" Wright   Bass

Technical Credits

Hank Thompson   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Don Everly   Author
Bill Carlisle   Composer
Cliff Friend   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Curley Williams   Composer
Frank Walker   Producer,Audio Production
Lonnie Glosson   Composer
Honey Wilds   Composer
Bill Millar   Reissue Producer,Audio Production
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Dave Samuelson   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Audio Production,Biographical Information
Vic McAlpin   Composer
Bunny Biggs   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning

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