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    Fri, 02 May 2014 13:49:18

    Hank Williams Recordings Rescued From Obscurity - Find out the details!

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    Safe and rescued from obscurity! Woot woot.

    That's the status of some previously unheard Hank Williams material. The country icon was an American musical treasure, so can we get a collective "Whew!?" Thank God these recordings did not fade into obscurity and weren't lost.

    Omnivore Recordings will soon release the full-length version of The Garden Spot Programs, 1950, featuring 24 performances, unheard for 64 years, from country music legend Hank Williams. Rescued from obscurity, these shows originally aired more than six decades ago.

    The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 collects material from the four episodes now known to exist. It's due out May 20, 2014.

    From hits to standards to songs rarely (if ever) performed, this is pure Hank Williams, including playful between-song banter. Featuring fully restored audio, The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 is an exceptional listening experience. They were painstakingly transferred, restored and mastered from original transcription discs by Grammy Award-winning engineer Michael Graves.

    Williams' daughter Jett is excited that her father's lost material is not only seeing the light of day decades later, but will be available on CD, digital and LP.

    The CD packaging contains rare photos and liner notes from the collection of set co-producer and Williams biographer Colin Escott. Also available on LP, the first pressing will be on limited edition, translucent red vinyl (with black vinyl to follow), containing Escott's informative notes and a download card.

    Escott writes in his notes: "Set the time machine for early morning on KSIB-AM, Creston, Iowa. February 1950. Country radio was beginning its slow transition from live music to DJ shows. Live music and DJ shows were augmented by transcribed shows. After buying 15 minutes of airtime on small-market stations, sponsors would prerecord shows with well known artists, duplicate them, and ship them out on 12 or 16-inch transcribed discs."

    "That's how Hank Williams came to be on KSIB in February 1950. Sandwiched between the local ‘live' acts, it was almost as if he were visiting with Skeets and those Radio Rascals. His sponsor was one of the nation's largest plant nurseries, Naughton Farms, seven hundred miles south in Waxahachie, Texas. Given that Naughton was a big player in the nursery business, Hank's shows were almost certainly shipped to many small stations, but only KSIB's copies survived. Those of us who have studied Hank's life and career had no idea that these recordings existed."

    The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 Track Listing:

    1. The Garden Spot Jingle
    2. Lovesick Blues
    3. A Mansion on the Hill
    4. Fiddle Tune
    5. I've Just Told Mama Goodbye
    6. Closing/Oh! Susanna
    7. The Garden Spot Jingle
    8. Mind Your Own Business
    9. Lovesick Blues
    10. Fiddle Tune
    11. At The First Fall Of Snow
    12. Closing/Oh! Susanna
    13. The Garden Spot Jingle
    14. I Can't Get You Off of My Mind
    15. I Don't Care (If Tomorrow Never Comes)
    16. Fiddle Tune
    17. Farther Along
    18. Closing/Oh! Susanna
    19. The Garden Spot Jingle
    20. I'll Be A Bachelor 'Til I Die
    21. Wedding Bells
    22. Fiddle Tune
    23. Jesus Remembered Me
    24. Closing/Oh! Susanna

    Tracks 1 - 6 taken from Naughton Farms Garden Spot Show #4
    Tracks 7 - 12 taken from Naughton Farms Garden Spot Show #9
    Tracks 13 - 18 taken from Naughton Farms Garden Spot Show #10
    Tracks 19 - 24 taken from Naughton Farms Garden Spot Show #11

    Watch the trailer below.



    Will you be checking out these rescued Hank pieces?

    —Maggie Pannacione
    05.02.14



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