70 Years of Hank Williams History at Herzog

Celebrating Hank Williams’ Legendary Session at Cincinnati’s E.T. Herzog Recording Studio


Our friends at Open Roads United - Matt Steffen and Michael Kearns - were on hand this past weekend for a Hank Williams Songwriter Showcase, hosted by the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation, Hank Williams Foundation, Blue Yodel Records, and Joey Allcorn.

You can read the full piece at Open Roads United’s site, which includes some great commentary and a number of incredible images. Here’s an excerpt:

Last night, through their efforts, a capacity crowd stood in a room on the second floor of 811 Race Street, a nondescript six story building probably best known as the offices of CityBeat. It was in this seemingly unassuming room that seventy years ago to the day, Hank Williams recorded five songs, one of which would define a genre of music and inspire legions of musicians to carry that torch. “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” was born here. The song that would showcase that straight-forward, plainly spoken sadness and come to embody country music, propelling Williams into a superstar. He would be gone four short years later, leaving a bigger mark on the history of American music in a handful of years than most make in a lifetime.

Thanks as well to other supportive organizations, who helped us to get the word out about this special occasion: including WVXU and WLWT.

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