Norah Jones has named Hank Williams as one of her five favorite singers of all time. She told The Toronto Star:
“The songs he sings are so good and even when the recordings are old and scratchy, they’re magic.”
The winner of five Grammy Awards Jones began her recording career in 2002 with ‘Come Away With Me’, which featured her rendition of ‘Cold, Cold, Heart’. Currently she is touring in support of her album ‘Little Broken Hearts’. Jones appeared on the ‘Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams’ all star album of Hank Williams lyrics set to music by the performers. She recorded ‘How Many Times Have you Broken My Heart’ with Gillian Welch. Jones is a prolific accomplished songwriter in her own right, with most of her albums featuring songs either written or co-written by her.
She also a member of a group called Little Willies which is basically a country band. In their two albums they have recorded songs by Hank Williams, Fred Rose, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Ralph Stanley, and Lefty Frizzell. They also recorded Hank Williams ‘Lovesick Blues’ on one of their albums.
Jones was profiled in the Toronto Star on May 20. She lists her top five as Hank, Johnny Cash, Billie Holiday, Willie Nelson and Neil Young.
Joners is the daughter of legendary Indian musician Ravi Shankar, but grew up with her mother in Texas.