It was Waylon Jennings who inspired the name of this site…
“Well, it’s the same old tune, fiddle and guitar. Where do we take it from here? Rhinestone suits and big shiny cars, its been the same way for years. It’s time for a change. Somebody told me when I got to Nashville, ‘Son, you finally got it made. Ol’ Hank made it here and we’re all sure that you will.’ But I don’t think Hank done it this way.”
Of course Hank didn’t do it the same way as Waylon. And that song is more about how Waylon acted, dressed and played his music. That lyric is not so much about actually covering a Hank Williams song. But I do believe it applies in the context of this site.
Covers songs, tributes, interpretations of standards, whatever we call them, they are a legitimate genre of music. That’s what’s great about popular music, whether it’s rock, country, rap or folk. It borrows, builds, inspires and steals. That’s what makes it so interesting to me. I love to hear how one artist interprets a piece of music that was written or performed originally by another artist.
I’ve played in a few cover bands and met my wife at a karaoke bar (“At this Moment” by Billy Vera and the Beaters was my money song). I dig original music. But I’m also secure enough in the true origin of all music to know that if wasn’t for the blues masters of Mississippi, then we wouldn’t have the Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin. So if some artist brings something new to a Stones or Zeppelin anthem, then it’s worth celebrating and sharing.
I don’t know yet if this is a hobby, passion or obsession. But whatever it is, I plan to pass it along to you here.
And I believe that Hank Williams would approve if we don’t do it his way.