The Man in Back

On the cover of his autobiography, Marshall Grant is hard to pick out.  You’d expect him to be the focus of the cover photo, but that’s Johnny Cash.  As he so often was in real life, Grant is the guy at far left, almost slipping off the edge of the cover and three-quarters hidden by … Continue reading The Man in Back

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The Smartest Guy in the Room

Arguments about the best album ever are for suckers, and that’s even truer of arguments about the best country album ever.  Setting aside the obvious fact that “best” is as subjective as a word can get, many of country’s greatest artists spent their entire careers in the pre-album era.  When Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers and … Continue reading The Smartest Guy in the Room

Your Cheatin’ Heart: A Hank Williams We Never Knew

Having seen the new Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light recently and written a blog post about it, I thought that this would be a good occasion to revisit the most prominent of the previous tellings of Williams’ story, Gene Nelson’s Your Cheatin’ Heart (1964).  That’s the one which features George Hamilton as Williams, … Continue reading Your Cheatin’ Heart: A Hank Williams We Never Knew

I Saw the Light: Hank Williams on His Way Downhill

  If your interests are anything like mine—and if they aren’t, you’re reading the wrong blog—you wouldn’t dream of missing the new film I Saw the Light.  It’s a feature film about Hank Williams, with a big budget and some big-name actors.  Where do I get tickets? As to the movie itself, you’ve probably got … Continue reading I Saw the Light: Hank Williams on His Way Downhill