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March14th

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Hank Williams

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The One and Only

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Hank Williams is one of The SunnySide Band’s favorite artist.  We do a number of his songs at each of our performances.  Hank Williams was born in Mt. Olive, Alabama on September 17, 1923 as Hiram King Williams.  He was an American singer-songwrite and musician regarded as one of the most important artist of country music of all time.  He bought his first guitar with money he made selling peanuts.  Because of The Great Depression the Williams family moved many times to find work, and one of these moves was to Georgiana, Alabama where his mother opened a boarding house.  This is where he met Rufe “Tee-Toot” Payne a street performer who gave Hank guitar lessons in exchange for food prepared by his mom at the boarding house.  Payne’s musical base style was blues, he taught Williams chords, chord progressions, bass tunes and the style of accompaniment that he would use in the future on most of the songs he wrote.  Williams recorded My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It and combined Payne’s style along with several country influences, among them Jimmie Rodgers.  Payne and Williams lost contact with each other in 1937 when the Williams family moved to Montgomery, Alabama.  Williams credited Payne as his only teacher.

The SunnySide Band invites you to visit our Home page or our Music page to hear a sample of our favorite classic country songs.  We also invite you to purchase one of our CD‘s and to leave a comment on our Feedback page.

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