Thu, Mar 28, 2013.
Back in 1975, Waylon Jennings asked the musical question, "Are you sure Hank done it this way?" In this case, yes, I'm sure. This is Hank Williams the way he was done back in the 40's and 50's, an acoustic album with guitars, harmonica, light percussion, sitting around with this classic songbook, picking and grinning. It's all Mike in his basement studio. No polish, no need.
Fredericton's Bravener is a veteran performer with a deep love of old country and western and rockabilly, best known for his award-winning tribute to Elvis. His Elvis show has taking him to Memphis and acclaim from the Estate, but he's also had a parallel career with his own sounds based on the classics, and as it turns out, he does a mean Hank, too. In this case though, he's not doing a version of the original, but instead just enjoying playing these great songs. You know them all: Kaw Liga, Honky Tonk Blues, Cold Cold Heart, Lost Highway, I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, and more.
There's also three originals at the end, and interestingly, I didn't notice at first. I mean, when you're hearing a song called Gonna Get Drunk On You, hey, that could be a Hank song no problem. You can come out and see Bravener do his Hank show to launch the disc this week. He's playing at Fredericton's Cedar Tree Cafe on Saturday, March 30th, and he's also at the James Joyce pub on Thursday, April 4.
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Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).