Artists such as Jack White; Norah Jones, former drummer with The Band; Levon Helm; and most momentously, one Bob Dylan, are to contribute to a new album of unreleased songs by seminal country singer Hank Williams.
Rolling Stone reports that the collection, with the title of The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams, will be released on October 4 (US) through Dylan’s own label Egyptian Records.
Williams died in 1953 at the age of 29, leaving behind notebooks of unrealised songs, sketches, ideas and lyrics – it’s all explained in extensive liner notes. The artists in question here finished off 13 of them. The idea began as the brainchild of A&R supremo Mary Martin and was originally going to be Dylan on his own, only for it to evolve to include many other musicians. Also taking part is Lucinda Williams, Merle Haggard, Jakob Dylan and Sheryl Crow. A full track list can be found below, and below that there’s a nice little cover of the Hank Williams classic Lovesick Blues, as recorded by Ryan Adams.
You’ve Been Lonesome, Too – Alan Jackson
The Love That Faded – Bob Dylan
How Many Times Have You Broken My Heart? – Norah Jones
You Know That I Know - Jack White
I’m So Happy I Found You – Lucinda Williams
I Hope You Shed a Million Tears – Vince Gill and Rodney Crowell
You’re Through Fooling Me – Patty Loveless
You’ll Never Again Be Mine – Levon Helm
Blue Is My Heart – Holly Williams
Oh, Mama, Come Home – Jakob Dylan
Angel Mine - Sheryl Crow
The Sermon on the Mount – Merle Haggard