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Editors’ Notes

Purists, stay away. Stay very far away. Obviously, it's a novelty to use modern recording technology to put three generations of Hank Williamses on a single recording. Yet songs like "I'll Never Get out of This World Alive," "Move It on Over," and "Lost Highway" are country music classics that were written to be played by a crack band. In the late '40s and early '50s, that band was Hank Sr.'s Drifting Cowboys, and today it's a slew of Nashville cats who can play this stuff in their sleep, since they grew up on it. If you consider these songs not as historical artifacts but as living, breathing compositions, the versions here are quite strong, if a bit overdone with all three men singing in unison at times. Hank III inherited much of his grandfather's vocal ability, and it's his contributions that make the most sense. Hank Williams Jr.'s "Hand Me Down" is a gripping original about a note he found as an adult from his old man. 

Customer Reviews


I LOVE HANK AND HANK III !!! Jr. not so much. So for me this is Two Hanks.


Hank Williams was is a god of music from blues to country. Hank Jr. is special too and the Third, well he reminds me of his grandpa. I finally found this albumn, Fantastic!!!

A Family Tradition

What a great idea! Hank III sounds like his granddaddy. If you listen to his new solo albums you can see III is probably going where Hank would have gone today. I've always liked Hank, Jr and his voice adds a lively offset. Be sure to check out Hank III's "Straight to Hell" album later.


Born: September 17, 1923 in Georgiana, AL

Genre: Country

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s

Hank Williams is the father of contemporary country music. He was a superstar by the age of 25; he was dead at the age of 29. In those four short years, he established the rules for all the country performers who followed him and, in the process, much of popular music. Hank wrote a body of songs that became popular classics, and his direct, emotional lyrics and vocals became the standard for most popular performers. He lived a life as troubled and reckless as that depicted in his songs. Hiram King...
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