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The Definitive Collection captures some of the most original, impactful songs in the entire country canon. Hall made his name as a teller of tales, valuing the poetic power in common people's stories over country songwriting convention. Every song feels like it comes straight from Hall's own experience, whether he's unpacking anecdotes about scrapes with jealous husbands ("Salute to a Switchblade") and brushes with the law ("A Week in a County Jail"), painting vivid character portraits ("The Year That Clayton Delaney Died"), or depicting a one-sided conversation between an aging father and his traveling-musician son ("Homecoming").

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Tom T. Hall

A story teller in the same category as Harry Chapin. Listening to these songs is a reflection of real life. The truth reflected in his lyrics is there for all those who are willing to accept.


Very good; I highly recommend this album

A Bit of Everything

I remember singing along to Tom T. Hall as a little girl (33 now) and I recently put his CD in the other day. Still great music that you'll love singing along to and still great writing to reflect on and laugh to.


Born: May 25, 1936 in Olive Hill, KY

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Tom T. Hall is known as a storyteller, a songwriter with a keen eye for detail and a knack for narrative. Many musicians have covered his songs -- most notably Jeannie C. Riley's 1968 hit "Harper Valley P.T.A." -- and he also has racked up a number of solo hits, including seven number one singles. Hall is the son of a bricklaying minister, who gave his child a guitar at the age of eight. He had already begun to write poetry, so it was a natural progression for him to begin writing songs. Hall began...
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