Classic, Cover Tunes, Hank Williams, Hurray for the RiffRaff, I'm So Lonesome I could Cry, Loneliness, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Music, Nostalgia
Am I so lonesome, I could cry?
But I sure do like the song. I recall the original from my childhood. We lived in a small redneck town in Colorado back then, and the music was the perfect soundtrack for a part of my childhood spent on the back of a horse rather than a bicycle.
Of course, the rock&roll chased almost everything else out of my musical tastes for a time, and I have to admit I was slow to put anything by Hank Williams back in my personal playlists (kicking myself there), but I don’t think there has ever been a moment I heard him on the radio, or in a movie, or on some friend’s stereo that I didn’t smile a little and enjoy the music. Hank Williams was full of amazing tunes.
But Lonesome is in a class all by itself.
Puts a lump in my throat every damned time!
I actually think what brought me back to the original was the cover by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes back in the oughts. That song did more damage to my truck speakers driving back and forth from Flagstaff to the middle of the Navajo Nation. Their version was made to be loud, very loud! They probably took a small portion of my hearing down along with the speakers, not that Black Sabbath hadn’t already vandalized my hearing well before they added their two cents of post-punk goodness.
All is forgiven though. They led me back to Hank.
A few years back, I added one more version of this wonderful tune to my playlist, a cover by Hurray for the RiffRaff. Moni always says this version is a little too slow for her taste, which is odd, because she loves the RiffRaff even more than I do, but their version of Lonesome is just a bit too slow for her.
I love Moni anyway.
I know this tune has been covered and re-covered by many great artists, but these are the versions I know and love.
Anyway, Three Lonesomes!
Three favorite songs!
Jim Stewart said:
A hall-of-fame tune three times. Man, my day is made.
I love Hank Sr. but the only songs of Hank Jr. that I like are Family Tradition and A Country Boy Can survive.
James Taylor and Keb Mo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWO588XcaKo