“Moanin’ The Blues” by Hank Williams - album review

TJR says

Compiling recordings from 1947 to 1951, the second album from the 29 year old was packed full of hits including three #1 smashes: “Lovesick Blues”, “Long Gone Lonesome Blues” and “Honky Tonk Blues”. “Moanin' the Blues” and “I'm a Long Gone Daddy” were also Top 10 hits, peaking at #2 and #6 respectively. “Lovesick Blues”, originally done by Elsie Clark away back in 1922, was the sole cover on the album. The album was loosely themed around “the blues” in the titular if not musical form. His singles and concerts were selling very well but Hank’s troubles were building up on him in 1952. After several years of back troubles, his use of self-sourced drug solutions were getting out of control. His divorce from first wife Audrey was finalized in July. On August 11, he was dismissed from the Grand Ole Opry for habitual drunkenness. Due to his excesses, Fred Rose had declared his intention to stop working with him. His performances were acclaimed when he wasn’t drunk, but despite the efforts of his work associates to get him to shows sober, his abuse of alcohol resulted in occasions when he did not appear or his performances were poor. In October, he married Billie Jean Jones, despite the fact that a woman named Bobbie Jett was carrying his child. Moanin’ the Blues? Who could blame him. This would prove to be the man’s final album statement in his lifetime.

The Jukebox Rebel
08-Jun-2015


A1 [02:24] 5.4.png Hank Williams with his Drifting Cowboys - Moanin’ The Blues (Hank Williams) Country
A2 [02:47] 7.9.png Hank Williams with his Drifting Cowboys - I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (Hank Williams) Country
A3 [02:46] 4.9.png Hank Williams with his Drifting Cowboys - My Sweet Love Ain’t Around (Hank Williams) Country
A4 [02:10] 5.7.png Hank Williams with his Drifting Cowboys - Honky Tonk Blues (Hank Williams) Country
B1 [02:45] 5.4.png Hank Williams with his Drifting Cowboys - Lovesick Blues (Cliff Friend, Irving Mills) Country
B2 [02:42] 5.2.png Hank Williams with his Drifting Cowboys - The Blues Come Around (Hank Williams) Country
B3 [02:51] 6.3.png Hank Williams with his Drifting Cowboys - I’m A Long Gone Daddy (Hank Williams) Country
B4 [02:39] 6.2.png Hank Williams with his Drifting Cowboys - Long Gone Lonesome Blues (Hank Williams) Country




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