"Best Traditional Country Music Show in America"
American News Journal
Dottie West called him a "legend", and Charlie Daniels simply
called him a "superstar. Hall of Fame Songwriter and
A 23-YEAR BRANSON TRADITION
Writer of one of the GREATEST hits ever
"Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man"
IN 5 HALLS OF FAME
* LAS VEGAS ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
* SECA AWARD FOR BEST SHOW OFF THE YEAR
*CLOSING ACT FOR 60th BIRTHDAY OF
THE GRAND OLE OPRY
portrayed Hank Williams, Sr.
in the SECA Award Winning PBS Special "
An Evening With Hank Williams."
I visited Branson, Mo., and would have liked to have taken in
some of the country music shows. There were lots of names up
there in lights, many having migrated from Nashville to a new
mecca in the world of country music. But time was of the
essence, and I had to move on. But one show I
WOULD have surely enjoyed was that by Jim Owen, the singer I
had become acquainted with in fashion way back in 1980 when he
appeared on a tribute show to Hank Williams.
In a news feature I had written about the taping, I initially
"What is country music all about?"
At that point in time, we knew pretty well knew what to
expect when a guest appeared, introduced by no less than Hank
Williams Jr., who would himself sing a song or introduce a
guest who had been affiliated with Hank Williams Sr. Then a
flashback would revert to a former time (the location scenes)
in the life of Hank Sr., played by Jim Owen.
And Hank was pictured as a child at the feet of the old black
street singer, Tee-Tot, down in Georgiana, Ala.
A quote from that article reads:
"It was from Tee-Tot that the young Hank Williams obtained his
'only' musical lessons..."
So, what is country music all about? It is then summed up in the
brilliant songs of Hank Williams, living on until this very day,
many years down the road, as singers like Jim Owen recreate the
Hank Williams magic with a song.
In still another article elsewhere, I shall try to explain this
"simplicity" in country music which is fast being eroded by the
Nashville establishment. Continuing, the article stated:
"Deferring all, country music deals principally with 'music,'
played by a guitarist.
And therein lies the beauty of a song: a singer singing and
simply playing his guitar.
There is no orchestration! Thus, the simplicity of the moment
holds you spellbound, as you listen, and you listen well to a
presentation where you can understand the words the singer is
presenting for your musical enjoyment.
Jim Owen has "played his part" well over these many years, never
deviating from the Hank Williams formula for success....and that
means ALWAYS giving the public something they truly want to
...good music, and good Hank Williams songs which live on and on
and on...like those truly great Stephen Foster songs of long ago.
We are told that Stephen Foster's songs are now: "folk music."
And that is because, after so many years out there before the
public, the song becomes "public" property, as will the music of
Hank Williams not many years down the road.
Nevertheless, in the meantime, as long as the public relishes
hearing a song or two (and many more than that) written by the
legendary, all-time GREAT, Hank Williams, then Jim Owen will be
out there on that stage performing Hank's songs with great
distinction...whether it be at Branson, Mo,, Nashville, Tenn., or
out on the road.
Hank: Your songs live on in our
And Jim: for Hank's many fans unto this very day:
SING A HANK WILLIAMS SONG By Everett Corbin
Everett Corbin USA
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