Hank Williams’ Notebooks Inspire New Album

A new album inspired by lyrics contained in Hank Williams’ notebooks, which held many of his previously unheard compositions, will be released on Oct. 4. Alan Jackson, Bob Dylan and Norah Jones are among the 13 artists who have set Williams’ lyrics to music for the album. The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams will be released by Egyptian Records (Dylan’s label imprint), the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s CMF Records and Columbia Records. Following Williams’ death in 1953, his mother, Lillian Stone, contacted his music publisher, Acuff-Rose Publications, to tell them about a cardboard box containing lyrics he had written but hadn’t recorded. Acuff-Rose took possession of the box in early 1953, finding four notebooks of songs, as well as other lyrics written on hotel stationery and other scraps of paper. Jackson performed his contribution to the new album, “You’ve Been Lonesome, Too,” last week during an event at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. Other artists participating on the album include Vince Gill and Rodney Crowell, Merle Haggard, Patty Loveless, Sheryl Crow, Jack White, Lucinda Williams, Levon Helm, Holly Williams and Jakob Dylan.