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Lovesick Blues by Paul Hemphill
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Apr 24, 2009

really liked it

This is a first rate, fast read, biography of one of the greatest Country Music talents that ever lived. Well told and honest, it's a sad tale. It begs the question that how far Hank Williams could have gone had he not been such a tormented soul. I've gone back and listened to his music with a fresh ear after reading this. There is no doubt that he was a man of immense talent that poured his heart into his music. Hemphill captures many aspects of his life that were previously unknown to me, His domineering mother and crazy first wife only seemed to further aggravate a bad situation. Poor guy. But good music spoken from the heart always touches us. When Tony Bennett and others started covering his music, his popularity really took off. But it also appears that his fame was part of his downfall too.

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