Time Warner has partnered with Warner Distribution Company to release two new digital projects about the life of Hank Williams Sr. on September 13. The new e-book, Hank Williams: The Mother’s Best Shows in Words And Music, written by Hank Williams historian Colin Escott, explores the roots of Hank’s music and the stories behind some of his most successful songs.
Hank Williams: The Mother’s Best Shows in Words And Music is a new direction for Time Warner. Besides providing the background on the history of Hank’s Mother’s Best radio shows, the e-book creates a portrait of an artist that gave almost no interviews during his too short career. The book is a unique blend of words, music and photos that expands upon previously released 3 CD box set Hank Williams: The Complete Mother’s Best Recordings….Plus!
“The relationship between the man, his music, his sense of humor, his overwhelming charisma, and the genius and tragedy of his short life all come together in these new initiatives,” Jett Williams, Hank’s daughter, said. “His awesome talent has not only survived the ages, it has survived and embraced the technology revolution and has become available once again to his ever-widening fan base.”
“From the beginning of this project we wanted to re-present Hank Williams in a fully three dimensional way, sharing new insights into the man, his personality, music tastes, influences and his genius,” Mike Jason, Senior Vice President/Retail, Time Life, said. “The e-book format has enabled Colin Escott to blend music, the story, photos and video into a more full representation. The forty-minute documentary included with the e-book features Williams’ daughter Jett interviewing two of Hank’s original band members. It wonderfully hits the mark, blending deeply personal reminiscences and humor from these former Drifting Cowboys.”
The same day, Time Life will digitally release the Grammy-nominated Hank Williams: The Complete Mother’s Best Recordings….Plus! at all digital music outlets for the first time. The project contains 72 complete 15-minute shows, featuring 143 performances by Hank Williams. The recordings are from Hank’s Mother’s Best Flour shows, recorded in 1951. Amazingly, 72 episodes of the show have survived since Hank’s death.
Also on September 13, Hank Williams: The Legend Begins will be released, which includes Hank’s very first recordings at 15 years old, home recordings from 1940 and his first radio series, Health And Happiness.