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Classic Rewind: Hank Williams Jr – ‘Living Proof/Can’t You See’

6 responses to “Classic Rewind: Hank Williams Jr – ‘Living Proof/Can’t You See’

  1. wally. April 11, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Haven’t heard Living Proof. Very nice.

  2. CountryMusicFan April 11, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    This was just the beginning. It’s ironic that in the lyrics to “Living Proof” the said he doesn’t want to be a legend just a man. Little did the people know sitting on that set at the time, that they were listening to a legend in the making. I always loved hearing him sing “Can’t You See”. Waylon also did a good version of it too.

  3. Ken Johnson April 13, 2011 at 10:27 am

    “Legend” is a word that applies to Hank Williams.

    His arrogant, self-absorbed, pompous son has accomplished nothing to deserve that title. In my opinion he has done nothing innovative beyond infecting country music with annoying, loud, abrasive southern rock. Nobody on earth loves Hank Williams, Jr. more than Hank Williams, Jr.

    • J.R. Journey April 13, 2011 at 10:39 am

      Your last sentence is probably all-too true. But I’d have to dissent with the rest. I’ve found Hank Jr. to be a superb songwriter and singer. His legend might not loom as large as his father’s, but just the fact that he was able to step out of that shadow and make his own name is a testament to his talent. Add to that songs like ‘Mr. Weatherman’, ‘Family Tradition’, ‘Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound’, etc. and you’ve got a career as legendary as any.

      I will add that there are plenty of songs on his albums that make me cringe, but when he wants to be, Hank Jr. is great. Just great.

    • pwdennis April 14, 2011 at 11:29 pm

      I usually agree with you Ken but the fact is that, for better or worse, Hank Jr brought a bunch of fans to the genre that otherwise might not given country music a chance. I saw HWJr live several times, both in his nascent stages , when he was a very good straaight-ahead county singer and later when he became a genre crossing star and on all of the occasions that I saw him, he put on a great show.

      HWJr crafted many succinct singles, but most of his albums were eclectic mish-mashes that featured the sort of tracks that most artists of the time were afraid to record, including tracks with Ernest Tubb, Boxcar Willie, Reverand Ike and others.

      Yes, he can be a bit of a blowhard at times, but I still find that his various hit collections find their way onto my turntable with some frequency

      • Ken Johnson April 15, 2011 at 9:57 am

        Paul: Your comments that Hank, Jr. brought new fans to the country format is completely on the money. Also that his 1980’s singles were usually much better than his albums. I too have enjoyed a lot of his music. However my turntable and CD player have spent many more hours tracking his earlier MGM recordings rather than his post-accident offerings.

        I saw two Hank,Jr. concerts in the early 80’s and both were horrible. One particularly dreadful performane was likely due to his constant onstage comsumption of a large bottle of amber liquid (very likely it was not iced tea) The volume level was deafening. The tipping point for me was when he removed his shirt exposing his big barrel-chested frame and took out a rifle loaded with blanks and fired off several rounds. When the band left the stage he picked up his guitar and sat center stage on a stool playing dreadful off-key acoustic versions of several hits. At this point I saw many folks heading for the exits. The experience only made me wish that I had been present in Detroit for the Cobo Hall concert that was issued as an MGM live album in 1969. THAT sounded like a great country show.

        Perhaps I’m in the minority but I just don’t think Hank, Jr. qualifies for “legendary” status for anything that he has ever done when compared with his father, Lefty Frizzell, Ernest Tubb, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and a host of other real innovators that have left their unique and indelible mark on country music history.

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