Hank Williams’ granddaughter Holly Williams has taken a bare 8 lines from Hank Williams’ notebooks, added additional words and a melody to create a lovely new Hank Williams’ song. ‘Blue is my Heart’ is part of the new ‘The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams’ being released October 4th. Back in August, I wrote an opening post about the new album with the track listing and artists participating.
My previous story from August 23rd is here.
Holly Williams describes the process of recording the song from the lost notebooks: “It was actually only eight lines when I first got it.Bob Dylan and Mary Martin gave me all the lyrics but this song spoke to me unlike any other in the stack. I wrote two more verses and added a bridge, but I’m hoping you can’t tell where Hank’s lyrics end and mine begin! It was such a beautiful lyric I felt connected to it immediately when I picked up my guitar and tried to write to it.”
I don’t know how long this link will stay up, but Holly has recorded an acoustic version of the song for the Los Angeles Times.
Here’s the Los Angeles Times article that features a stripped down performance of ‘Blue is my Heart’ which is featured with a different arrangement on the new album. The video link is at the bottom of the article.