Synopsis by Mark Deming
Hank Williams was one of the most influential and well-respected artists in the history of country music; a compelling performer and gifted songwriter, Williams gave his songs a literate emotional depth that was unusual in any genre of music without edging into pretense or tripping over clichés. Williams' best-known compositions have become an integral part of the American songbook, and this performance video features highlights from a 1980 tribute concert in which a stellar cast of performers sing a program of his songs. Hank Williams: The Man and his Music includes performances by Kris Kristofferson ("I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"), Johnny Cash ("Men With Broken Hearts"), Teresa Brewer ("Your Cheatin' Heart"), Brenda Lee ("Jambalaya"), Rufus Thomas ("My Bucket's Got a Hole in It"), Hank Williams Jr. ("Hey Good Lookin'"), and more.
career-retrospective, country-music, tribute-concert