Robert Earl Keen's "The Great Hank" is featured in the August 15 issue of Time magazine as one of "10 Songs for Late Summer."
"Many a song has been written about Hank Williams, but this is the first in which he plays a bar in drag and his mascara runs. Williams' fans should give a close listen before they shout for Keen's scalp; his mix of irony, folk and honky-tonk is a tribute to Hank's influence."
Check out "The Great Hank" on Robert Earl Keen's latest album, What I Really Mean. Robert Earl Keen explains the story behind the song:
"I took a bunch of different things in my life and stuck 'em together. Part of the inspiration for that song was I was in the play 10 years ago that was written by Terry Allen and Joe Harvey Allen. Terry's this really great sculptor, songwriter, renaissance guy – fabulous guy, brilliant, great guy, lives in Santa Fe. He's part of that whole Lubbock mafia thing with Joe Ely and Butch Hancock and all those people. Terry's written a bunch of plays and stuff, and they did this play in Philadelphia. Well, by hook or by crook, I got to be in part of it. I got to be an actor in this play, and there was this one character that was played by Wayne The Train Hancock. Vocally, he does Hank as well as anybody, and there's a part in the play where he comes out of this window, almost like a "Hee Haw" thing, where he's completely dressed up in drag. So this is an image I could never get out of my mind. Then I was also kinda thinking about this story that I have on CD. The title of the thing is called the "Glass Bottom Cadillac," and it's about Hank Williams. I was listening to this and boom! It all just kind of came together."
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