Friday, March 28, 2008

Hank Cover Friday: Honky Tonkin' (plus more Lost Highway) - Updated!

When you are sad and lonely, and have no place to go,
Call me up, sweet baby, and bring along some dough...

Honky Tonkin' is a straightforward honky-tonk hit. One of my favorite Hank Williams songs. There's really nothing to the words, and the melody is very basic, but Hank still made it a classic.

Here are four cover versions of Honky Tonkin' and a live version by Hank:

Joe Ely - Honky Tonkin' (buy album).

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Honky Tonkin' (buy album).

Townes Van Zandt - Honky Tonkin' (buy album).

The The - Honky Tonkin' (buy album).

Hank Williams - Honky Tonkin' (Live) (buy album).

If you've got another cover version we should hear, send it along...

And now for some bonus coverage, here are three more versions of last week's "Hank" song, Lost Highway (words and music by Leon Payne):

Hank Williams - Lost Highway (Live Radio Recording) (buy album).

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Lost Highway (buy album).

Jason & The Scorchers - Lost Highway (Studio Version) (buy album).


Here are a few more tunes sent over by my loyal readers. Richard sent over this one from The Maddox Brothers & Rose:

Maddox Brothers & Rose – Honky Tonkin’ (buy album).

Robert sent one from Leon Russell:

Leon Russell – Lost Highway (buy album).

Lance suggested Doug Sahm’s live version of Honky Tonkin’ from the 1972 Thanksgiving Jam at Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin. The whole show can be found, in two parts, over at Captain’s Dead. Check out the great set list.

Thanks guys!


Duncanmusic said...

One of the best covers of Lost Highway is by Jeff Buckley. Great vocals, devastating slide work, virtually solo ... ironic in retrospect.

Though I don't like it as much as some of the others you posted, I have to admit that Hughie Lewis & The News did a bang-up version of Honky-Tonkin', also.

Paul said...

Hey Duncan,

I like Jeff Buckley's version, but didn't have a copy to post.

I'm looking forward to checking out your new blog. Good luck (and thanks for linking to STWOF).