Country artist Joey Allcorn announced today that he is launching a crowdsourcing campaign via Indiegogo.com to record and release an album that will salute the legendary Hank Williams and raise money for the Hank Williams Museum. He will be joined on the project by other artists who are avid Hank Williams fans and supporters of the museum, including Jake Penrod, Rachel Brooke, David Church, Arty Hill, Andy Norman, and Bobby Tomberlin.
Unlike other Hank Williams tribute recordings, this one will not feature any covers of Williams' classic songs. Instead, it will focus on the mystery, the intrigue, and even the aura surrounding his untimely death. Such important figures as Charles Carr, Hank's driver on the night he died, and Braxton Schuffert, one of Hank's earliest musical heroes, both of whom recently passed away, will be a part of the musical story.
Among the songs set to be included are "The Death of Hank Williams," the first Hank Williams tribute song ever released, "Death is Only a Dream," Hank's favorite song according to a 1952 Country Song Roundup interview, and "Midnight," the last song Hank Williams ever sang while traveling to Canton, Ohio, on December 31, 1952. "I've wanted to do a project like this for a long time in order to bring back some of these songs that exist in Hank Williams lore that a lot of his fans might not be very familiar with," Allcorn says.
Fans can get involved by visiting HankRecord.com. Allcorn has worked with the Hank Williams Museum in creating incentive packages that offer exclusive Hank Williams memorabilia for contributions. Items offered range from limited edition, exclusive prints to lifetime memberships to the museum. "Most of these items are only available here at the museum," says Allcorn, "so this is also an opportunity for Hank Williams collectors to obtain some really cool items they can't get anywhere else."
The campaign will run through September 1, 2013. Once the funding goal has been reached and recording is complete, the album will be available exclusively from the Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery, Alabama. All proceeds from its sale will go directly to the museum and play a role in keeping the world's largest Hank Williams collection available for his many fans to enjoy for years to come.
"Our goal is to record an album featuring songs about Hank Williams' life & death to be exclusively available at the Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery, Alabama." hankrecord.com
Music: "I'm so lonesome I could cry."
Recorded and played by Ross Lee Shellard.
"The Death of Hank Williams"
Edited by: Aronfield Studios
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