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Baskettcase: Hank Williams Beyond the Grave

September 27, 2011

The lost work of Mr. Williams, thanks to the work of the nameless few, has found a new home through the voices of some of today's greatest artists.

A Column by Jeremy Baskett

Big news this week. Late, but big.

A week from today will be the release of Bob Dylan’s newest project, “The Lost Notebook of Hank Williams,” which features artists creating medleys to lyrics written by Hank Williams that were found after his untimely death in 1953, at the young age of 29 years old.

Though this is not the first time this has been done, this is the unequivocally the first time it has been done by a collection of artists of this magnitude. The idea for the album has been in the process for nearly 10 years now and Bob Dylan is planning to releasing it via his own label, Egyptian Records. Artists such as Jack White, Sheryl Crow, Alan Jackson, Lucinda Williams and Norah Jones have all offered their Hank Williams interpretations, with their own lyrics, to medleys over 50 years old. While sixty-six songs written by Williams were found, the album features only 12 tracks.

The release date is set for October 4, 2011.

Check out Hank in the video below.

Hank Williams “Hey Good Lookin’”

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