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Arty Hill recording Hank tribute

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 – Cow Island Music singer Arty Hill is working on a Hank Williams tribute project. The disc, slated to come out in early fall, will contain covers and original songs about Williams.

An instrumental, Don's Bop, a tribute to the late Williams steel player Don Helms, is planned for the disc along with Church on Saturday Night, a song about the Grand Ole Opry. Hill wrote both songs.

Among the Williams songs on the disc will be I'm a Long Gone Daddy, Lovesick Blues and Pan American.

Hill is producing the disc being recorded in Baltimore. This will be Hill's third release for the Boston-based label.

CD reviews for Arty Hill and the Long Gone Daddys

Montgomery on My Mind CD review - Montgomery on My Mind
Making a tribute album to Hank Williams could be career suicide but Arty Hill and His Long Gone Daddys pull off their eight song homage with solid vocals great picking and most of all, a ton of respect. With three originals including an instrumental tribute to Hank's steel player Don Helms featuring a virtuoso performance by multi-instrumentalist Dave Giegerich on Don's Bop, Hill and his band avoid the lure of rockabilly and keep feet planted firmly in early '50s honky tonk country. »»»
Back on the Rail CD review - Back on the Rail
Arty Hill and the Long Gone Daddys deftly demonstrate how good roots music can be when it is done simply. Aided in no small part by electric guitarist Dave Chappell and drummer Craig Stevens, Hill crafted a 12-song set of original songs - he wrote 11 of them - that express authentic country heartache and hard-drinkin' good times with modern leaning lyrics and '60s country rhythms. The CD was first put out four years ago and is repressed by Hill's current label with new liner notes. »»»
Bar of Gold CD review - Bar of Gold
Even though Boston-area label Cow Island Music is still wet behind the ears, it has already put out some strong records, including this one from Arty Hill and the Long Gone Daddys. Baltimore-based Hill and company serve up meat-and-potatoes honky-tonk, and they do it with the sort of dexterity and craft that makes it seem easy. Hill's songwriting, mostly about the usual suspects - hurtin', cheatin' and drinkin' - shows a facility at making something fresh out of timeworn »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Lane, Ramsey, Barrett cover their bases – Covers played a far more prominent role than usual at a country show. And instead of what is typically the least course of resistance in recent years of country artists succumbing to their renditions of a rock hit, Chris Lane, Mason Ramsey and Gabby Barrett played songs that actually were country hits. Interestingly, the youngest of the bunch, Ramsey,... »»»
Concert Review: Mumford and Sons up to snuff, for the most part – Mumford and Sons have always played it smart when it has come to career moves. They have not overtoured by becoming regular fixtures on the touring circuit. Their M.O. is to tour just enough upon an album release and then disappear for a stretch. Ditto for releasing new music ("Delta" just came out last month, Mumford's first release... »»»
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