We had such a great 3-day weekend filled with gorgeous spring-like weather, meals shared with friends and family, and even a day at the beach (but more on that later).
Our weekend fun began Friday night when Clover stayed with family and Lucas took me out to see a local production of the play Hank Williams: Lost Highway.
It had been so long since I’d been to a play, I had forgotten how much fun they are, and this one was especially well done, telling the story of the rise and fall of this early icon of country music through performances of his best known songs.
The actors/musicians were all so good and it was exciting to see our brother-in-law Tim, who has been playing bass in bands for many years, make his acting debut as Hank’s life-long friend and the stand-up bass player in his band.
The time period of the play spanned Hank’s childhood in the 30’s up through his rise to fame in the late 40’s and then his tragic downward spiral leading to his early death at the age of 29 in 1953.
My recently acquired vintage pin-tuck blouse was perfect for the occasion, along with the also thrifted floral prairie skirt/petticoat and boots, to country things up a bit. I’m such a sucker for any excuse to dress according to a theme.
A few romantic accessories, including my beautiful vintage tapestry purse, a gift from Milla, and floral pendant from Skye, finished off the outfit.
While the country music of today sits pretty darn low on my list of musical genres-of-choice, there’s something about the old-timey sound of the early stuff that can really bring out my inner country girl.
The deep-southern roots in folk, hillbilly, gospel, and blues are all readily heard in Hank Williams’ songs and singing style. Long Gone Lonesome Blues is a personal favorite… I tell ya, that voice is enough to give you chills at times.
This duet with a bashful Anita Carter is so sweet. Apparently, she had a real crush on him, and didn’t know he was coming out to sing the song with her (at least that‘s what I gathered from the intro by her sister June on the poorer quality version of this clip). Aw, the look on her face…
Oh Clover… this is what half my pics end up looking like. This one cracks me up though, gotta love the Dora nightgown/stripy tights combo.
"I became aware that in Hank's recorded songs were the archetype rules of poetic songwriting. The architectural forms are like marble pillars and they had to be there. Even his words - all of the syllables are divided up so they make perfect mathematical sense. You can learn a lot about the structure of songwriting by listening to his records." - Bob Dylan