With a nod to Ken Burns’s upcoming PBS documentary “Country Music” and MidPointe Library’s free previews of the program, we ask:
What famous country-music ode to love lost was first recorded in Cincinnati?
Answer : According to the book, “The Cincinnati Sound,” “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” was recorded by country legend Hank Williams at the E.T. “Bucky” Herzog recording studio at 811 Race Street in 1949. (*)
Herzog once stated : “I tell people that I recorded Hank Williams right here in Cincinnati and they don’t believe me...Cincinnati had more going for it than Nashville back in the days before Nashville’s studio system developed.” (*)
At the time Williams told a colleague he had just “recorded the saddest song today I ever wrote in my life.” (**)
When asked if it was “sadder than ‘Wedding Bells,’” he responded : “Aw yeah, it’s a lot sadder’n that. It’s called ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,’ and I’m tellin’ you, it’s gonna tear people up when they hear it. If it don’t make you cry in your beer, nothin’ will...” (**)
If you love all-things-country, then stop by MidPointe Library to watch free previews of the highly anticipated PBS documentary, “Country Music – A Film by Ken Burns”!
The previews will be presented:
Wednesday, September 11, at 6:00 p.m. at MidPointe’s Middletown location, 125 South Broad Street and...
Wednesday, October 9, at 6:30 p.m. at MidPointe’s Trenton location, 200 Edgewood Drive.
The complete eight-part “Country Music” series will debut on local Public Broadcasting TV stations September 15-18 and 22-25. For information go to:
www.midpointelibrary.org > eLibrary (choose any of the following: eMusic, eMovies and TV Shows, eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, and/or Research Databases).
All it takes to borrow on-shelf material or e-items is a free MidPointe Library card!
Sign up for yours today at any MidPointe location: Middletown, West Chester, Trenton, Monroe, Liberty Township (2nd floor of Liberty Center) and onboard our colorful “Library On Wheels” Bookmobile.
Today’s blog sources:
(*) “The Cincinnati Sound” by Randy McNutt with a foreword by Jim LaBarbara. Published in 2007 by Arcadia Publishing. Available for checkout at MidPointe Library.
(**) “Elvis, Hank and Me – Making Musical History on the Louisiana Hayride” by Horace Logan with Bill Sloan. Foreword by Hank Williams Jr. Introduction by Johnny Cash. Published in 1998 by St. Martin’s Press. Available for checkout at MidPointe Library.