Whether you’re an old or a recent fan of Hank Williams Sr., would you not fancy knowing more of the man behind those honky tonk songs which dominated the airwaves of the 1950s?
In these two movies, you will have a peek to the rise and fall of one of the most talented Country musicians of all time.
I SAW THE LIGHT (2016)
Released on the first of April, it is Hank Williams biography in motion pictures. Played by British actor Tom Hiddleston (Well, hello there Loki!), the film decently depicted Hanks troubled life while at the height of musical career and fame. Furthermore, we’ll see a contrast between today and that era’s musical standard. That is for any aspiring talents to prove what they have got without the need for any tricks to make their music more interesting.[like_button]
THE LAST RIDE (2012)
From the Press Release: He called himself Luke the Drifter. He pioneered and pretty much invented what we know today as country music. At the peak of his career, he was acknowledged to be the greatest singer-songwriter in American history. But after a meteoric rise to record and radio super-stardom in the late 1940’s, the man had made a train wreck of his life. Drugs, alcohol, and a hair-trigger temper had ended two marriages, ruined a host of friendships and made the tortured genius a virtual untouchable in the music business. So at the end of 1952, Hank Williams gathered what was left of his physical strength to make things right, and begin the long road back. He booked New Years shows in West Virginia and Ohio, and hired a local kid who didn’t even own a radio, much less know who this legend was, to drive him there from Montgomery Alabama. Inspired by the mysterious final days Hank Williams’ mercurial life, THE LAST RIDE is the story of that final drive through the bleak Appalachian countryside of 1950’s America. A lonely two-man odyssey; a boy coming of age, and a man leaving this world way before his time, a victim of his own abuses.
“When you walk away you have more into the heart and soul of Hank Williams”
– Jett Williams, daughter of Hank Williams Sr., on the film –
A little disclaimer though. While the movie aimed to shed some light on why and how we have lost Hank Williams, it is not to be taken as the real answer behind his mysterious demise. According to Jet, “no one truly knows what happened on that trip.” Still, it’s a worthwhile watch for it allows us to see another side of this renowned country legend. It’s just a shame he passed away at the tender age of 29.[like_button]