It can be explained in just one word: sincerity. When a hillbilly sings a crazy song, he feels crazy. When he sings, ‘I Laid My Mother Away,’ he sees her a-laying right there in the coffin. He sings more sincere than most entertainers because the hillbilly was raised rougher than most entertainers. You got to know a lot about hard work. You got to have smelt a lot of mule manure before you can sing like a hillbilly. The people that have been raised something like the way the hillbilly has…. knows what he sings about and appreciates it
~Hank Williams (on the success of Country Music)
Nobody had a talent for making suffering enjoyable like Hank Williams
Hank Williams was the first influence I would think.
~Bob Dylan (to Billy James, Oct 1961)
I started writing songs after I heard Hank Williams.
~Bob Dylan (The Les Crane Show, 17 Feb 1965)
Cold Cold Heart:
|Birth name||Hiram King Williams|
|Also known as||The Lovesick Blues Boy
Luke the Drifter
Hank Williams, Sr.
The Hillbilly Shakespeare
|Born||September 17, 1923
Mount Olive, Butler County, Alabama
|Died||January 1, 1953 (aged 29)
Oak Hill, West Virginia
|Genres||Country, Western, gospel,blues, honky-tonk, folk|
|Associated acts||Drifting Cowboys