September 20, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT

Low Down Blues

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Hank Williams
Producers
Mercury Nashville
genre
Reissues, Country
We gave it an A

Alcoholism, divorce, spina bifida — Hank Williams, who died at 29, had every right to sing the blues. Low Down Blues, a collection of 16 tracks from 1947-1952, not only reaffirms his position as country music’s greatest singer but also proves he was a first-rate bluesman. On cuts such as ”Weary Blues From Waitin’,” his voice cracks and bends like a dry branch, and he gets as down and dirty as any Delta man could ever hope to. A

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