Hank Williams

Hank Williams as Luke the Drifter

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An expanded version of a 10" LP from 1955, this album features a dozen songs cut by Hank Williams in a gospel/reverential vein in the guise of Luke the Drifter. For those unfamiliar with them, the songs are all well-chosen and they work within the context of devotional and cautionary songs, Williams easily slipping into this mode of performance, usually with a gospel organ accompaniment and very understated steel guitar -- the one mood-breaker, much closer to Williams' secular material, is the upbeat, dark-humored, almost comical "Everything's Okay," which basically holds that "we're still a-livin'/so everything's okay."