Hank Williams: The Man Who Transformed Country Music

Hank Williams: The Man Who Transformed Country Music

In 1951, Hank Williams hosted a morning radio show in Nashville. Those recordings have just been released, shining new light on the late musician. Hank Williams, the man who transformed country music.

Hank Williams was twenty-nine when he died in 1953, yet his songs and influence have endured. He was inducted into both the Rock ‘n’ Roll and the Country Music Halls of Fame. Earlier this year, the Pulitzer Prize board honored Williams with a special citation. It praised him "for his craftsmanship as a songwriter who expressed universal feelings with poignant simplicity and played a pivotal role in transforming country music into a major musical and cultural force in American life." Though little is known about the man behind the music, a new box set of a Nashville radio show Williams hosted in 1951 aims to change that. These recordings show the musician as humorous, folksy and ambitious. We'll look at Hank Williams the man and the legacy.

Guests

Colin Escott

Grammy Award-winning author and music historian who wrote the liner notes for “Hank Williams: the Complete Mother’s Best Recordings…Plus.” His books include "Good Rockin’ Tonight: Sun Records and the Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll" and "Hank Williams: The Biography."

Jett Williams

musician, the only daughter of Hank Williams, one of the producers of “Hank Williams: the Complete Mother’s Best Recordings…Plus." Her autobiography is "Ain't Nothin' As Sweet as My Baby."

Video Tribute to Hank Williams

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