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The Hank Williams Festival was held in Georgiana this past weekend (June 10, 11, 12 2010). Festival co-founder and former International Fan Club President Ruth Wallace who died in December was honored and deeply missed by those involved. The local paper did an excellent story with a very nice photo of a presentation to a Wallace family member.

Here’s the weekend story from  the Greenville Advocate newspaper.

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I was under a misapprehension over the past couple years of Mother’s Best Hank Williams releases. From earlier articles and releases, I had concluded that there would be a third box set this fall under roughly the same format as the first two. I wrote that several times, but I was wrong.

The Complete Mother’s Best to be released at the end of September will finish off the current series. I’m sure there will be various packages in different formats and outlets as the years go buy, but the new release will round out the series.

I should have realized there would have to be a change as I checked  through the Hank Williams Sr Listings Website which I have linked to in the Blogroll at the side. There are two things I forgot until I reread the fine color coded listings  of the content of all the Mother’s Best shows. When you do that, you find out two things;
One: There is a lot of repetiton of the Hank performances, and
Two: There are a lot of Audrey performances.

I don’t trash Audrey as most other commentators do, so don’t bother looking for it.

This means there really isn’t much left on the original acetates.

However, I still think a nice much more inexpensive package of edited  single performances could have been put together. There are a number of repeated performances I would like to hear. I’m especially interested in the different versions of the up tempo  rockabilly foundation numbers.

There are alternate versions of ‘Why Don’t You Love Me’, ‘Nobody’s Lonesome For Me’, ‘Move It on Over’, ‘I Just Don’t Like This Kind of Living’,’Hey Good Lookin’, ‘Mind Your Own Business’ and ‘Moanin the Blues’. There are also different versions of ‘Sing, Sing, Sing,’ and ‘My Sweet Love Ain’t Around’.

So I would like to see an inexpensive one disk release of edited singles from Mother’s Best which haven’t been released yet, even if they are duplicates..

But at the same time, there is an absolute historic necessity that the Mother’s Best Shows be released in their entirety as they were recorded. And shouldn’t all of the Armed Forces Recordings be assembled and released as well? I assume there’s more of that material than was released on ‘Live at the Grand Ole Opry’. But I’m not a researcher so can’t be sure.

My quibbling can’t detract at all from Time Life’s  enormous achievement  in this whole Mother’s Best release project. And the Williams’ estate deserves credit for selecting this company to handle this important historical artifact. The format, notes, packaging,  song selection, and remastering have been beyond criticism. I’m sure the new ‘Complete’ 16 disc set will live up to the standard set by the two 3CD releases. But I would still like to see some of those unreleased duplicates released in single song format.

Once again here’s the website for the new release.

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Big weekend in the Hank Williams calendar  June 10 to 12 in Georgiana,  Butler County, Alabama. Its the Hank Williams Festival with participation by the Hank Williams Fan Club as well.

I really appreciate that the Fan Club agreed to list a link to my little blog on its website.

Rather than try to list events and inevitably get it wrong, Here’s the Festival website.

Here’s the Greenville Advocate story on the Festival.

And here’s an article on the Fan Club.

I’m sure with the growing world wide awareness of the artistic importance of Hank Williams, which I have been writing about here for a year and a half now,  you will have guests from across the continent and around the world.

Of course there will be a tinge of sadness since Mary Wallace, Fan Club President died in December.

Best of luck with everything.

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On May 24th Jett Williams accepted Hank Williams’ Pulitzer Prize Citation from the President of Columbia University in New York. Jett Williams was quoted on the All Access website:

“Hank Williams has always been in a class all his own as the Shakespeare  of ‘the common man,’ whom he touched so deeply and for so long with his lyrical genius,” said Jett Williams. “To be so honored by the Pulitzer Prize Board puts my dad in the company of those who have grown to appreciate and now recognize his incredible influence and talent. To hear the strains of ‘Hey Good Lookin’ ringing throughout the rotunda at Columbia University as we exited the event would give anyone pause — it certainly did me.”

Here’s a widely circulated photo of the event distributed by Columbia University with Jett in the middle and Columbia University President  Lee Bollinger on the left and Carolyn Tate from Columbia on the right..

I have written SEVEN posts on Hank’s Pulitzer win. You can easily bring them all up by typing “Pulitzer” in the search box at the top of the blog.

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