Uploaded on Oct 18, 2008
Hank Williams Sr. was the greatest country singer to ever live.
He is the true bard of the rural Southerner, and for all who have walked as strangers through this passing middle earth.
His greatness is derived not from training nor technique, but a profound honesty of the human spirit.
His is a passion targeted not to market nor musical genre, but to the souls of those who have such ears to hear with.
This is a concern largely lost upon todays country music industry, which has mostly abandoned the needs of the spirit for the concerns of the market place.
To compare most of todays singers to Hank Sr. is like comparing a bunch of soap opera stars to an Old Testament prophet.
Ol Hank, the country music king of kings, was decidedly unorthodox and anti-institutional. Having arisen from a rough and unsheltered environment.
It has been said that he was living alone on the streets by age twelve, where an old black man named Tee Tot taught him to play the guitar.
Even though he experienced much worldly success and acclimation, Ol Hank stayed true to his inner voice, as sad, lonely, and beautiful as it was.
His soul left this old world one night in the back of a Cadillac somewhere in Indiana. Hopefully to find a home. It never was at home here.
You see, Ol Hank never sang with the voice of Hubris which is the compelling agent for much of humankinds endeavors. He just told it like it was, simple and clear.
He transmitted on the frequency of spiritual honesty, which is a lost art in the clanging of a materially-obsessed world, but one which must return if we are to survive as a species.
In this manner, Hank Williams is a true prophet of what is most honorable in humanity. Those who have ears let them hear.
If there is another world beyond the here and now, someone save me a spot near where Ol Hank is picking, be it in the frothy firmaments of joy or in the glow of unpleasant fires, for what Ive seen and heard in this old world has mostly been lies and misdeeds, but Ol Hanks voice has always rang trueand it always will.