Tuesday , 19 February 2019
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Songs from the Lost Highway: The Poetry & Western of Hank Williams

Presented by Andy Baylor and his Country Ramblers
Featuring Andy Baylor (Fiddle, vocals and guitar), Warren Earl (Guitar, vocals, steel guitar), Rod Coe (Double bass), Jason Caspen (Drums).

With special guest vocalists Diego Zaragosa and Lucy Lehmann.

Watch Andy Baylor and his Country Ramblers turn the Brunswick Picture House into the Hottest Honky Tonk in Town! Andy has brought together some of the most renowned country roots musicians and singers in the land to present SONGS FROM THE LOST HIGHWAY: The Poetry and Western of Hank Williams… songs of life, songs of love, free-wheelin’ good times, blues-filled hard times… So if you are sad and lonesome, got no place to go, come along now, sweet people, come and see the show!

Andy Baylor has been interpreting the music of Hank Williams since the heady days of ‘70’s Melbourne when hip hillbilly country was heard a-ringin’ down the streets of old Fitzroy and Carlton. With the Dancehall Racketeers, he toured the back blocks and back roads of Australia spreading the sounds of Hillbilly Swing, Bob Wills and country fiddle; with his famous Cajun Combo, he single-handedly introduced a Cajun/Australian hybrid form of bar-room music which re-interpreted Hank’s most famous songs and demonstrated stylistic connections between Hank Williams’ melodies and traditional Cajun music along the way.

“It seems that ever since I picked up my first guitar, I’ve been hearing the name of Hank Williams. His songs are everywhere and he’s influenced just about everybody. Whatever style of popular music you’re into — country, blues, bluegrass, rockabilly, singer-songwriter, rock, pop, Americana, folk and gospel — somewhere in the back of it all sits Hank Williams with his crackling voice and his guitar a-strummin’.

At once traditional and completely modern, Hank sings of a time in the American South when the war was over and the new world was wide open. You could do anything, go anywhere and be anyone. But this new freedom brought with it a whole lot of heartaches and disillusionment. The best songs of Hank Williams not only chronicle the emotional landscape of that era but, like other great works of art, stand outside time and genre; they tell us who we are and touch our souls.”