SiriusXM Radio’s The Roadhouse — Sirius channel 62 and XM channel 10 — launched 2011 with Hank Williams: Inside The Box, the new weekly show spotlighting songs and material from Time Life’s Grammy® nominated 16-disc box set, “Hank Williams: The Complete Mother’s Best Recordings…..Plus!” Jett Williams, Hank Williams’ daughter, hosts each program offering listeners anecdotes and commentary that only a family insider can bring.
Hank Williams: Inside The Box airs every Sunday at 9:00 pm ET with rebroadcasts on Wednesdays at 9:00 pm ET and Fridays at midnight EST. Each show features four complete shows from the critically-acclaimed box set.
SiriusXM listeners will hear many memorable moments, including Williams’ first-ever performances of “Cold, Cold Heart” and “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You)” just days after they were written, as well as many songs he never recorded elsewhere such as “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain” and “On Top Of Old Smoky.”
“Hank Williams: The Complete Mother’s Best Recordings…..Plus!” has received worldwide recognition for the incredible clarity of the restored acetates, the first three-dimensional look at this American legend and the treasure trove of newly-discovered recordings which increase Williams’ catalog by 50%. The box set was honored with a Grammy® nomination last month for “Best Historical Album” and also was a key factor in Williams’ posthumously receiving a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation in May from Columbia University. Williams was also inducted into the Grammy 2011 Hall of Fame for his first #1 hit in 1949, “Lovesick Blues,” which will be received Saturday, February 12th as part of the Grammy ceremonies. And music critics continue to give accolades to this incredible project:
“Hank Williams Complete Mother Best Recordings….Plus!” is comprised of fifteen audio discs from Williams’ 1951 WSM radio show and a bonus DVD of Jett Williams interviewing the original members of the Drifting Cowboys. The box set contains 72 complete 15-minute shows, featuring 143 performances by Hank Williams together with conversation, and much more. The shows were recorded at the pinnacle of Williams’ career and thinking the shows would only reach a small, mostly rural audience in middle Tennessee, Hank was unguarded in both his conversation and choice of songs. Accordingly, we hear him perform many songs he never performed elsewhere, including some from his childhood.
The project also contains a booklet with an introduction by Hank Williams, Jr. and afterword by Jett Williams. Also included is a 108-page book on the history of Williams, written by respected music writer and Hank Williams historian, Colin Escott. This deluxe, limited box set is packaged in an antique working radio where the listener presses the radio dial to play a WSM jingle and Williams’ song.