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On this date back in back in 1923, Hiram King Williams was born in Mount Olive, Alabama. People might know his son Hank Jr., but let me tell you about this Alabama native.

In my eyes, Hank Sr. is rock-n-roll to the core. He talks about girls, depression, home made food, lying women and compassion. When you listen to his voice, he has that classic 30's sound (which I think it's very monotone and bland -- but look past that) which was a popular sound for a long time. But at the end of the day he laid the pavement for outlaw country.

 

My good friends from wiki call Outlaw Country:

  A subgenre of American country music, most popular during the 1970s and early 1980s, sometimes referred to as the outlaw movement or simply outlaw music. The music has its roots in earlier subgenres like honky tonk and rockabilly and is characterized by a blend of rock and folk rhythms, country instrumentation and introspective lyrics. The movement began as a reaction to the slick production and popular structures of the Nashville sound developed by record producers like Chet Atkins.

When it comes to rockabilly music, personally I think he invented that genre completely. Without him many artist like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Dylan, George Jones, Charley Pride, and The Rolling Stones -- wouldn't have found their sound.

Roll Tide.