Hanksgiving: Jazz Tributes to Hank Williams

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Do you sympathize with the plight of the turkeys? Do family reunions bring you anxiety? Then forget about Thanksgiving! Mondo Jazz is here to help you switch to Hanksgiving, with two hours of Jazz tributes to the great Hank Williams, the only singer who is more American than pumpkin pie!

This week we have concocted a delicious playlist for you which is all stuffing and no tryptophan, two hours to show how jazz musicians can make even Country & Western tunes swing and groove like there is no tomorrow!

Happy listening!


  • Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
  • James Brown with the Louie Bellson Orchestra, Oliver Nelson conducting "Your Cheatin' Heart" from Soul on (Top on (Verve) 0:17
  • Host talks 3:12
  • Regina Carter "Honky Tonkin'" from Southern Comfort on (Sony) 4:18
  • Ramsey Lewis Trio "My Bucket's Got a Hole in It" from Country Meets the Blues on (Argo) 8:03
  • Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstacy "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" from Spirit Moves on (Greenleaf) 9:52
  • Madeleine Peyroux "Weary Blues from Waitin'" from Careless Love on (Rounder) 14:02
  • Host talks 17:40
  • Andrew Bishop's Hank Williams Project "Again You Win" from Hank Williams Project on (Envoi) 20:28
  • Lenny Breau "I Can't Help It" from The Legendary Lenny Breau... Now! on (Sound Hole) 25:21
  • Laurence Hobgood "Lovesick Blues" from Left to My Own Devices on (Naim) 30:02
  • Bill Frisell, Jason Moran, Kenny Wollesen "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" from Live in California on (Bill Frisell Download Series) 32:44
  • Host talks 37:55
  • John Scofield "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" from Country for Old Men on (Impulse!) 39:28
  • Louis Armstrong With Sy Oliver and His Orchestra "Cold Cold Heart" from Satchmo Serenades on (Decca) 46:26
  • Tom Varner "Ramblin' Man" from Window Up Above -American Songs 1770-1998 on (New World) 49:37
  • Host talks 54:08
  • Stephen Riley "I Heard That Lonesome Whistle" from Baubles, Bangles and Beads on (SteepleChase) 56:13
  • Roy Clark & Joe Pass "Kaw-liga" from Roy Clark & Joe Pass Play Hank Williams on (Buster Ann Music) 1:00:26
  • Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola "Move It on Over" from Cars/Williams/Porter/Ellington on (Self-released) 1:06:03
  • Leon Redbone "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" from No Regrets on (Sugar Hill) 1:10:44
  • Gary Burton & Friends Near, Friends Far "Alone and Foresake" from Tennessee Firebird on (RCA/Legacy) 1:13:24
  • Host talks 1:16:11
  • Aretha Franklin "Cold Cold Heart" from Unforgettable -A Tribute to Dinah Washington on (Columbia) 1:18:36
  • Spike Jones "Hey Good Lookin'" from The New Band Of Spike Jones plays Hank Williams Hits on (Liberty) 1:23:10
  • Taj Mahal "Mind Your Own Business" from Senor Blues on (Private) 1:25:30
  • Ran Blake "Lost Highway" from Driftwoods on (Tompkins Square) 1:28:10
  • Owen Broder "Jambalaya" from Heritage, The American Roots Project (Heritage) on (ArtistShare) 1:30:10
  • Host talks 1:34:26
  • Joe Pass "You Win Again" from The Capitol Vaults Jazz Series on (Blue Note) 1:35:58
  • Guano Padano "Ramblin' Man" from Guano Padano on (Important) 1:38:32
  • Esther Phillips "Why Should We Try Anymore" from The Country Side of Esther on (Rhino Atlantic) 1:42:07
  • Jack Walrath with Willie Nelson "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" from Master of Suspense on (Blue Note) 1:44:14
  • Host talks 1:53:06
  • Orquestra Was "Lost on the River" from Forever's a Long, Long Time on (Verve) 1:57:21

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