The Secret Sisters pay tribute to Hank Williams at The Country Music Hall Of Fame
THE SECRET SISTERS PAY TRIBUTE TO HANK WILLIAMS AT THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM
"I Saw The Light: Songwriters Salute Hank" program also included performances by Rodney Crowell, Steve Young and Ashley Monroe
Nashville, Tenn. (Wednesday, April 20, 2011) — On Saturday, April 16, The Secret Sisters joined some of Nashville’s hit-making songwriters: Rodney Crowell (“Ashes by Now,” “I Couldn’t Leave You If I Tried”), Steve Young (“Seven Bridges Road,” “Montgomery In the Rain”) and Ashley Monroe (“The Truth,” “Heart Like Mine”) in honoring the life and legacy of Hank Williams.
In a special performance in the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s Ford Theater called “I Saw The Light: Songwriters Salute Hank” the duo opened the show to a packed house full of fans including his granddaughter (daughter of Hank Williams, Jr.), Hilary Williams.
The Secret Sisters performed Hank favorites “Why Don’t You Love Me,” “House of Gold,” and “Your Cheatin’ Heart” as well as their own new self-penned, “River Jordan”—a tune Laura said was largely inspired by Hank’s gospel music.
“Everybody falls in love with his gospel songs,” Laura recalled. “When we were recording our album, we had been working on it for two weeks and it was our last day in the studio. Our producer, Dave Cobb, told us to go home and pick a song and bring it in the next day and we would put it down and see how it turned out. We chose the Hank Williams song ‘House of Gold,’ and we weren’t sure how it would sound; but when we heard the playback we cried. It ended up being one of our favorites on the album.”
Above, pictured backstage (left to right): Rodney Crowell, Hilary Williams, Ashley Monroe, Laura Rogers, Lydia Rogers and Steve Young.