Another rave review for the cover of ’Alone and Forsaken’ on the ‘Hope for Haiti benefit Friday night. This own from the Yahoo Country blog Viva Nash Vegas, written by Wendy Geller.
Out of all the “country”-tagged performances of the night, one truly sent shivers up and down my spine. Dave Matthews’ duet with Neil Young.
Neither Matthews nor Young are primarily country artists (although, of course, they both have relationships with the country world). It was their choice of song that stood out as remarkably demonstrative for the event: “Alone And Forsaken,” by the iconic Hank Williams, Sr.
I, like countless other music fans, am enthralled by Hank Williams’s history: His too-short life, his even shorter career, and–naturally–his ability to fine-tune and distill pain and hopelessness down to a perfect handful of verses. (On a personal note, I’ve also been long fascinated by his relationship with muse/first wife Audrey Mae Sheppard–in fact, so captivated by their tale that my own daughter is named Audrey.)
In a nutshell: Nobody–well, very few, anyway–can do hurtin’ like Hank.
Given this, when I heard Matthews and Young deliver the mournful “Alone And Forsaken”–one of Williams’s bleakest tunes–as their contribution to the benefit for this devastating tragedy, I was frozen.
Alone and forsaken, by fate and by man,
Oh Lord, if you hear me, please hold my hand.
Brilliant, heartbreaking, pure, true.
Hank, as always, you win again.
I’m even starting to be taken aback by some of these comments. The ones I’ve posted so far are just hit and miss on the search, and not really from an organized effort. I’m sure there are many more out there.