The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 on Omnivore Records (out May 20) compiles programs Hank recorded at Castle Studios in Nashville (the first real recording studio in town) in early 1950 for a plant nursery company in Texas. Other Grand Ole Opry stars of that era did these shows including Lorrie Morgan's dad George Morgan. They'd record them, and stations would run them with ads for the sponsor voiced by local announcers at each station, common practice in those days.
Hank isn't backed by his famous Drifting Cowboys band. He uses the same musicians the other stars used. The four shows and 24 songs, in stunningly clear audio are fresh, stripped down (even more than Hank's austere studio recordings) renderings of hits like "Lovesick Blues" (included twice), "Mind Your Own Business," "I'll Be A Bachelor Till I Die" and "I Can't Get You Off Of My Mind" and "Mansion On The Hill." Gospel tunes include the traditional favorite "Farther Along," and his own "Jesus Remembered Me." It's available on CD, vinyl LP and digital download,.
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