Hank Williams has long been one of my favorite songwriters; however--and I'm not ashamed to admit it--I cannot listen to his recordings; the "nasal" style of singing has never been a favorite of mine. You know what kind of singing I like? Waylon's. Waylon Jennings was one of the best vocalists country music ever had--along with Paycheck, Jones, Twitty, and several others--and he was also a great stylist...he single-handedly invented a subgenre of country music that is imitated even today. That voice, and that style, put to Hank Williams's lyrics...it's a musical masterpiece.
WAYLON SINGS HANK WILLIAMS is a true delight. I guess I needn't summarize the songs, considering you're probably familiar with most of them. This is truly a touching tribute album (for that is indeed what it is): Waylon puts his own stamp upon Hank's classics, thus showing both his love of the songs and songwriter, and the way they influenced him. This is an intimate, enjoyable Waylon album, finally released twenty-one years after it was recorded.