Posts Tagged ‘Hank Williams Jr.’

Obligatory President’s Day post


President’s day, it’s not just for mattress sales! Here I will talk about a few “presidential” themed songs. First up is Blue Mountain’s rousing ode to 39th president, Jimmy Carter

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Blue Mountain – Jimmy Carter

Next we have Hank Williams Jr’s song Mr. Lincoln. Where he surmises that the only thing that can save our country is Abraham Lincoln himself. This was in 1984. Seems Hank has moved on and nothing can save us now

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Hank Williams Jr. – Mr. Lincoln

Next is Tom T. Halls semi-absurd song about how a monkey can become president. This is one of those songs that liberals would have loved to trot out during the George W. Bush presidency but conservatives will have to tread very very lightly if they go around this song right now. Very disappointed this didn’t become the plot of the Planet of The Apes remake

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Tom T. Hall – The Monkey That Became President

and finally a song to wrap up how I feel about Presidents day, most Presidents, and particularly most federal level politicians. While originally written about Ronald Reagan, the chorus of “He’s the president, and I don’t care” will likely always ring true. Sing it Blaze.

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Blaze Foley – Oval Room

Hank Jr. – Live On The Radio 1980


You are right in the middle of a new string of “outlaw country” posts. Consider it a pick-up from the last string of posts a month or so ago.

While other blogs are singing the praises of Holy Williams, others perhaps singing the praises of Hank III and Assjack, and it’s a given that Hank Williams himself has a huge presence in the blog world…I’m going to feature the unsung (in the blog-O-sphere at least) Hank Jr. AKA Bocephus. While he may not be the most popular artist among serious music fans (kid rock collaborations and that horrible reworking of Family Tradition for McCain did not help either), I like to think there are a lot of folks like myself who grew up on Jr. in his 70’s and 80’s heyday. I will always have a soft spot for 70’s & 80’s era Bocephus. I don’t see how anyone reared on country music can not.

What we have here are 2 shows taped off the radio in 1980. The first is a show from The Lonestar Cafe in New York City (remember this was the Urban Cowboy era as well….country was chic in NYC for a very short time). I’m not going to lie, it’s not a mind blowing recording…I still like it better than Hank Jr.s official live album though, which sounds heavily overdubbed. What I really enjoy here are the reworkings of his father’s songs into blues-rock songs. Also really enjoy the song on here called Hank, which I don’t believe I have heard prior to this recording (and I have a LOT of old Hank Jr. records). Some of my favorite Bocephus songs make an appearance like his version of Steve Young’s Montgomery In The Rain, I’ve Got Rights, Outlaw Women, The New South, and Come and Go Blues (which has some kind of interference for some reason).
Also Corb Lund fans take note, Corb’s song “The Horse I Rode In On” shares it’s melody with Hank Jr’s song “Old Nashville Cowboy”. Give it a listen and see.
Side Note: Hank Jr. has a new album that just came out called 127 Rose Avenue. I have to admit, the lead single and video Red, White, and Pink Slip Blues is fairly unbad….even for an unabashed pop-country hater like myself. I can’t vouch for the rest of the album though.
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