Late Night: Hank Williams and the Pulitzer

On Monday, the Pulitzer Prize Board awarded Hank Williams a Pulitzer Special Citation for his lifetime achievement as a songwriter, praising his

his craftsmanship as a songwriter who expressed universal feelings with poignant simplicity and played a pivotal role in transforming country music into a major musical and cultural force in American life…The citation, above all, recognizes the lasting impact of Williams as a creative force that influenced a wide range of other musicians and performers. At the same time, the award highlights the board’s desire to broaden its Music Prize and recognize the full range of musical excellence that might not have been considered in the past

In 2006 the Pulitzer committee awarded Thelonious Monk with the Special Citation. John Coltrane received the 2007 citation, while in 2008, Bob Dylan was the recipient.

Williams’ songs have been covered by Tony Bennett, Bob Dylan and Coldplay, and remain some of the most everlasting works in the canon of American songwriting.

The Pulitzer Prizer honors excellence in journalism and the arts. A complete list of winner can be found here

97 Responses to "Late Night: Hank Williams and the Pulitzer"
Lisa Derrick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:00 pm 1

sadly a few of my fave Hank Williams songs were not on YouTube–”You’ve got me under your spell again” fer instance


newtonusr | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:02 pm 2

This is gonna take a while!
Hey Lisa!


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:04 pm 3

Hey hey..I love Hank Williams. My step father was the musical supervisor for Your Cheating Heart, the Hank Williams bio pic, so this is a little hey to him, may he rest in peace.


Petrocelli | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:04 pm 4

Lisa !


newtonusr | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:06 pm 5

(((StepDad)))


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:11 pm 6

He was also musical supervisor on lots of Elvis Presley movies and wrote some pretty cool tunes.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:12 pm 7

Hey Petro!


Petrocelli | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:13 pm 8
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 7

How are you doing ? How’s L.A. ?

Thanks for sharing about Dad, these memories are priceless.


newtonusr | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:15 pm 9

I am no aficionado, but Lonely Tombs is brand new to me…
What Hank I know is familial.
Cool.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:19 pm 10

Los Angeles is wonderful, so much fun! This week I am going to the Getty for the Aztec art show, the tarot show at CAFAM and then to Tijuana for an art opening


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:20 pm 11

Lonely Tombs is a rarity, fer sure and I was glad to find it.


ratfood | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:21 pm 12

My first exposure to Hank was a Little Feat cover of “Lonesome Whistle.”


Petrocelli | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:21 pm 13
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 10

Tarot is something I know very little about … except that Louise Hay recommends it and I’m a huge fan of her’s.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:22 pm 14

The Pulitzer Special Certificate for popular music is new and it is proof that music is a vital part of American culture. Coincidentally, the Hank Williams Museum is having a big celebration of his life…nice tie in.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:25 pm 15
In response to Petrocelli @ 13

tarot works on a lot of different levels, it has been ascribed all sort s of layer. Occult scholars noted that 22 major arcana (trumps)/22 letter of Hebrew alphabet and merged them, ditto 4 elements/four suits.

They are a tool and a good one, certainly. In October La Luz de Jesus galler is having a tarot how with cards interpreted by various name artists, should be fun.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:26 pm 16

And Louise Hay, what an innovator in health, certainly. I recall when her first books came out..altered the face of alt medicine.


JaneaneTheAcerbicGoblin | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:26 pm 17

I ADORE Hank Williams.

His songs and singing are so haunting, sad, deep, and simple, all at the same time. Great man. Miss him terribly. No one in country music today comes close to him.


Petrocelli | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:28 pm 18
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 16

She really did alter the face of alt. medicine. I aspire to be as good a writer as her, and have such a positive impact on the World.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:29 pm 19
In response to Petrocelli @ 18

The affirmations work too, though she didnt have any for hiccups…


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:35 pm 20

newtonusr | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:36 pm 21
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 20

I thought you were going here!


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:37 pm 22

He is astounding….


DrDick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:37 pm 23

Evening, Lisa.
If’n you don’t like Hank, you ain’t got no soul.


Loo Hoo. | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:38 pm 24

In high school, I used to do ironing for money. Hank Williams was my ironing music. Really loud so I could sing with him.

Now I’m most impressed with Norah doing Cold,Cold Heart. And I get to see Norah on the 24th at Spreckles.


TalkingStick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:41 pm 25

I tell you a cowboy singing and playing the guitar.sure makes the sap rise. Oh My!


AZ Matt | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:42 pm 26

I do like his music.

My mother grew up in Shreveport, LA and saw Hank play live on the Louisiana Hayride which was sort of the regional Grand Ole Opry program down there. She said she remembers he was pretty drunk duing his performance.


DrDick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:43 pm 27
In response to AZ Matt @ 26

He was rather notoriously an alcoholic and a drug addict (don’t remember just what at the moment). Does not detract one bit from the quality of his music, however.


newtonusr | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:44 pm 28
In response to TalkingStick @ 25

The apple sure did fall far from HIS tree.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:45 pm 29

I like Buck Owens too


ratfood | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:47 pm 30
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 29

The Bakersfield sound.


DrDick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:48 pm 31
In response to newtonusr @ 28

Not necessarily. May just have skipped a generation.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:48 pm 32
In response to ratfood @ 30

very influential


CTuttle | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:48 pm 33

Could a mod clean up two things on my latest diary; O Canada’s Maple Leaf Is Stained With Afghani Blood

Please trim my youtube down to size and remove an extra ‘a’ in my last Kandahar…! ;-)

~~~ModNote: diary repaired.~~~


DrDick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:49 pm 34
In response to ratfood @ 30

Like Buck myself. I also like Dwight Yoakam and Hank III.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:50 pm 35

I am excited about going to Tijuana…though a friend said “Hey I just got back form Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, and frankly they are safer than TJ.” LOL.

The govt has just put on special cops to help tourists..they all have the same name on their badges to help tourists ID them, though weirdly that news report didnt say WHAT the name was!


ratfood | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:51 pm 36
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 32

Wow, Don Rich, late Buckaroo and co-pioneer of the Bakersfield Sound died on my birthday in 1974. Bad day for musicians, Billie Holliday and John Coltrane also made their exit on that day.


DrDick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:52 pm 37

Kind of like this guy as well (they say he is still the King down where i come from).


TalkingStick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:52 pm 38
In response to DrDick @ 31

LOL… Honey I am a whole bunch of generations. Hank looks so much like my cowboy. Long skiny legs, And Lord! that singing coming out of the Jukes along the Turnpike was something else. I may shed a tear before the evening is over.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:54 pm 39
In response to ratfood @ 36

an astrologer would be interested in that.

Aimee Semple McPherson died in the same town where she decades earlier had the revelation about Four Square


DrDick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:55 pm 40
In response to TalkingStick @ 38

Heh. Some of us still wear cowboy boots, even though I haven’t lived in Oklahoma for more than 20 years.


ratfood | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:55 pm 41
In response to DrDick @ 34

I checked out Hank III after you posted a link awhile back. I like the anti-establishment spirit of outlaw country but some of the themes can be a little disturbing. As I recall the Hank III song included some gay-bashing in the first verse.


AZ Matt | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:58 pm 42

Buck was good! Merle Haggard’s house is less than a mile from where mu mother lives in Shasta County. He a a good size place up on a ridge but it isn’t a huge monstrosity. Merle was against Bush’s war.


DrDick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:58 pm 43
In response to ratfood @ 41

He does go off the rails occasionally, but this is still a personal fave.


oldgold | Tuesday April 13, 2010 08:58 pm 44

Has there ever been a more evocative opening stanza to a song than
this?

“Hear that lonesome whip-poor-will/ He sounds too blue to fly
The midnight train is whining low/I’m so lonesome I could cry”

The Cowboy Junkies do an excellent cover of “I’m so Lonesome I Could Cry.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeeRadDRgmo


DrDick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:00 pm 45
In response to AZ Matt @ 42

Like Merle and Johnny Cash as well. For the modern stuff, it is mostly neotraditional and alt country.


Loo Hoo. | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:02 pm 46
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 35

There are kids on Saturdays wearing black t-shirts saying POLICIA practicing to be police in squares in Tiajuana. There are real police on every corner of every intersection there, along with their youthful counterparts.

I find Tijuana safe but stressful. They want Americans to feel safe to go there for the healthcare services we cannot afford here.

Teeth whitening, $75., etc. And they’re trained in America. If they’re wealthy enough to be trained in America, they go to hot shot shcools. They’re good.


ratfood | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:02 pm 47
In response to DrDick @ 43

Actually the same track I was referring to.

The Bob Wills was cool.

I always wished I could play pedal steel but can’t imagine spending that much money on an instrument I don’t already know how to play. I suspect the only people who learn it today are those with a pedal steel player in the family. Kind of like pro bowlers, nobody could afford to practice that much except for people with a bowling alley in the family.


AZ Matt | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:03 pm 48
In response to DrDick @ 45

I have the LP’s for Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues and San Quentin. I loved his American Recordings too.


ratfood | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:04 pm 49
In response to DrDick @ 45

There are lots of talented young people keeping the traditions alive, they just don’t get the airplay. Allison Kraus really defied the odds.


Loo Hoo. | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:04 pm 50

AZ Matt, Merle is totally on the right side of issues now. I heard an interview on NPR, and he hated the wars and Bush/Cheney. No Tea Partier, Merle.


DrDick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:05 pm 51
In response to ratfood @ 47

I must have missed the homophobia there. What I heard was disdain for the Nashville establishment watering down country music. Bob Wills is phenomenal.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:05 pm 52

Okay, I have a BURNING MORAL QUESTION…

Is it wrong to put dietary fiber in ice cream?


DrDick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:06 pm 53
In response to AZ Matt @ 48

I have a lot of Cash. Ring of Fire is a personal fave (has something to do with the fact that it was all over local AM radio the first time I fell in love at 14).


DrDick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:07 pm 54
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 52

YES! Take your sins pure and unadulterated.


CTuttle | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:08 pm 55
In response to CTuttle @ 33

Mahalo…! Could you also add an ‘h’ to… Interestingly, Asadullah Kalid… Khalid is the correct spelling…! ;-)


CTuttle | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:09 pm 56

Did I say sorry, btw…? ;-)


ratfood | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:10 pm 57
In response to DrDick @ 51

I don’t know if it qualifies as homophobia but he uses the term “f****t” at 21 seconds in. It’s like hearing the n-word, it makes me a tad uncomfortable regardless of the context.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:10 pm 58
In response to Loo Hoo. @ 46

Thanks. I want to go the big central cathedral–heaps of santeria vendors there, great shopping for articulos religiosos


DrDick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:11 pm 59

Another fave. Waylon was one of the people who got me into country. Even though I grew up in Oklahoma, I did not get into country until I was in college and mostly as a result of country rock and progressive country. Definitely gateway drugs as I am now addicted.


DrDick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:11 pm 60
In response to ratfood @ 57

Missed that.


DrDick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:12 pm 61

Speaking of country rock.


ratfood | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:13 pm 62
In response to DrDick @ 59

Waylon was cool. Willie remains a perennial favorite.


Kelly Canfield | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:14 pm 63
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 52

NO – Ameliorate s necessary!


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:17 pm 64
In response to Kelly Canfield @ 63

My housemate’s dr gave him a huge jar of powdered fiber…. and i thought, hmmm, fiber in ice cream..now THAT’S a combo. you’d think food cos would have thought of it my now: get half your daily grams of fiber with dessert!


DrDick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:17 pm 65
In response to ratfood @ 62

Saw him here a few years ago to bookend the show I saw in OKC when I was in college. Opening band was Reckless Kelly, who are really pretty good and one of whom is from my home town.


DrDick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:18 pm 66
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 64

They’re called prunes.


ratfood | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:18 pm 67
In response to DrDick @ 61

Those were the days. Alas I never encountered any actual Panama Red. Had some astounding redbud once. People complained because it was $40 an ounce instead of the usual $35…


Kelly Canfield | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:20 pm 68
In response to ratfood @ 67

*ratfood makes me grin so wide it’s silly*


Mary McCurnin | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:22 pm 69

Here is a zydeco band from of all places Sonoma-Gator Beat

It was founded by Richie Domingue who was from Lafayette, LA. He was a great guy.


DrDick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:23 pm 70
In response to ratfood @ 67

I had Panama Red, Michoacan, Alcapulco Gold, Jamaican Ganja, Thai Stick (now there is a whole ‘nother story) and never paid over $20 (normal was $10 an ounce). Some of the best I ever had was Okie Toke. Local home grown, the best of which would give you hallucinations after two tokes. That went to friends of the growers for $5 a quart jar. It is a miracle I ever got my BA.


Loo Hoo. | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:23 pm 71

If you like Johnny Cash, you’ll love Will the Circle Be Unbroken. Top lineup of stars.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:23 pm 72
In response to DrDick @ 66

Those have some new fangled name –our “dried plums” now. And for a while lemon flavored ones were being marketed! I love prune juice and prunes. Also dates, an excellent food. The Romans to conquer Judea chopped down the male palm trees, thus destroying the crop which had prvided food and fuel (date pits) as well as a a trade commodity. A people starving and poor is less likely to rebel…


AZ Matt | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:24 pm 73

Iris DeMent singing Train Carrying Jimmie Rogers Home


DrDick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:25 pm 74
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 72

And figs. Don’t forget the dried figs.


Loo Hoo. | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:27 pm 75

HA! Dem easily wins Wexler’s seat.


ratfood | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:28 pm 76
In response to Kelly Canfield @ 68

I’m becoming like my dad reflecting on the price of bread.

Heading out, splendid evening to all.


DrDick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:28 pm 77
In response to AZ Matt @ 73

Love Iris. Another you might like is Gillian Welch.


Kelly Canfield | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:29 pm 78
In response to ratfood @ 76

Ciao!


DrDick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:29 pm 79

Niters.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:29 pm 80

Nighty!


AZ Matt | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:30 pm 81
In response to DrDick @ 77

I think I have all of her music. She has a great voice.


nahant | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:30 pm 82
In response to ratfood @ 67

poor baby.. no red..


DrDick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:31 pm 83
In response to AZ Matt @ 81

Likewise.


Mary McCurnin | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:32 pm 84
In response to Loo Hoo. @ 75

Good.


DrDick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:33 pm 85

Think I had best toddle off. Young minds to corrupt in the morning and it is my last day of corrupting for the week. Administration decided to whore out the university for the National Conference on Undergraduate Research this Thursday and Friday and took away all our classrooms.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:33 pm 86

OH and if you havent joined FDL on Facebook, here’s the link

and if you aren;t on Facebook…uh..ohai,plz do


AZ Matt | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:38 pm 87

Heading to bed due to being in Minnesota at the moment which is 2 hours ahead of Arizona, so need mah sleep! Everyone have a great day tomorrow!


Loo Hoo. | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:41 pm 88
In response to AZ Matt @ 87

Ah! Minnesota must still be freezy.


Kelly Canfield | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:43 pm 89

Well, just to show I’m NOT a snob, I think Rednecks do classical music just fine…


Margot | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:46 pm 90

I’m late to the conversation but had to put a link in for Wayne The Train Hancock. I love his voice.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:48 pm 91
In response to Kelly Canfield @ 89

They are really good–that’s VERY hard to do, the breath and pacing.

One thing I have noticed is that though it seems it would be the other way around, basso/baritones are tall and lean while tenors tend to be barrel shaped.


Kelly Canfield | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:53 pm 92
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 91

The “morphology” of the “human instrument” is a bit complex. So much is unseen, larynx, lungs, sinus. Those are all physical attributes for sure.

But talent is a different story!


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:56 pm 93
In response to Kelly Canfield @ 92

Indeed. I cant carry a tune in a basket!


wigwam | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:57 pm 94

Thanks, Lisa. Great stuff.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday April 13, 2010 09:59 pm 95
In response to wigwam @ 94

Thanks!


Kelly Canfield | Tuesday April 13, 2010 10:02 pm 96
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 93

I’m always one foot in hereditary redneckland, the other in fleeing it.

It’s the music that’s a bridge. I get paid extra not to sing!


westgal | Wednesday April 14, 2010 08:55 am 97
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 1

Lisa, that is because Hank Williams didn’t sing “Under Your Spell Again.” Buck Owens and his Buckaroos did.


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