Please listen to the following two Hank Williams recordings, and for each one, provide a song analysis that describes the vocal style and lyrical approach, and overall band sound, instrumentation and dynamics. What features stand out in his music and vocal delivery? What are the songs about, and reading through the lyrics, describe how he uses language. What is it about his music and lyrics that made Hank so beloved with white rural audiences? (250 words)
Hank Williams – “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” (1949)
Hank Williams Sr. – “Cold, Cold Heart” (1951)
2. Please listen to this George Jones #1 hit from 1959. Following the example, complete a free write describing you impressions of the music and overall performance, and the mood of the piece. How might this song represent a fusion of country Musically, consider two specific things that caught your attention regarding the performance. Consider the rhythm and the tempo. How might this song represent a fusion of music ideas? What are the lyrics about and who are the G-Men? Why is alcohol an important topic in country music? (250 words)
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