Cincinnati deserves a lot of credit for keeping alive the memory of Hank Williams. This is especially true for the group that has worked to preserve the historic Herzog Recording Studio in that city.
Hank Williams traveled to Ohio to for two recording sessions. The first produced ‘Lovesick Blues’ the song that made him a national singing star. The second session yielded ”I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ one of his greatest self penned songs and the one that established and preserves his poetic gifts for all time.
Tonight (Aug 30, 2010) local artists Dallas Moore and Jody Payne long time Willie Nelson guitarist will put on a show called “Hank to Thank” and record a CD and DVD live at the historic second floor studio. Proceeds from the sale of tickets will go to the preservation of the studio. This is the only studio where Hank Williams recorded professionally which is still standing.
And today marks 61 years to the day that Hank recorded “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “A House Without Love,” “I Just Don’t Like This Kind of Livin'” and “My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It”, eight months after his first Herzog session in which the historic ‘Lovesick Blues was recorded over the objections of producer Fred Rose at the time.
Back on August 3rd the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation announced that it had signed a one year lease for the second floor at 811 Race Street, the former home of the E.T. Herzog Recording Co., with a $10,000 anonymous grant made through the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. The Music Heritage Foundation plans to turn the space into its headquarters and use it for recordings, performances and exhibits.
Here’s the latest article from the Cincinnati newspaper website.
I have written three earlier posts on the Herzog Studio. They can be found here.