A little bittersweet travelin’ music tonight

paul
A friend of mine by the name of Paul Hemphill, a tall, lanky guy from Alabama, died last weekend after a bout with cancer.

Paul was a very good writer, and an even better person. I don’t have any adventures with Paul to recount, although others do, because by the time I got to know him, most of his adventuring days were behind him. But he was a kind, straight-talking man of great wisdom, wit and humility. That ain’t half bad.

After leaving the newspaper business, Paul took up honest work as an author, and he was damn good at it. One of my favorites was “Lovesick Blues: The Life of Hank Williams,” a gently told tale about another lanky kid from Alabama. It’s a damn fine piece of work. I read it a few years back when I was on a reporting trip along the Gulf Coast during and after Hurricane Rita.

At night I’d read Paul — sometimes by the little domelight in my car, where I had to sleep because all the hotel rooms were filled with refugees from Katrina and Rita. You can hear Paul’s voice, his cadences and descriptions, as you read it. During the day, as I drove from town to town, I’d listen to Hank singing the songs Paul had written about.

Paul and Hank — not bad company for a business trip.

So, in Paul’s honor, tonight’s travelin’ music:

167 comments Add your comment

Sherl

July 17th, 2009
4:18 pm

DB, Gwinnettian

July 17th, 2009
4:18 pm

Firefox no likee your video linkee…

DB, Gwinnettian

July 17th, 2009
4:19 pm

I would like to know more about the life of Hank Williams, though. So thanks for the book rec. And my condolences for your loss.

DB, Gwinnettian

July 17th, 2009
4:22 pm

Anyway, I guess Sherl’s @ 4.18 is the linkee we want.

Would Hank be “alt country” today?

josef nix

July 17th, 2009
4:25 pm

Sherl–THANKS…

Jay–good choice. Anybody who likes Hank can’t be all bad. :-)

Scooter

July 17th, 2009
4:27 pm

I think I’m missing something here. I might have something in common with Darthy’s scarecrow!

Bud Wiser

July 17th, 2009
4:28 pm

Maybe this will cheer the mood a little. My old college roomie and high school buddy [I will NEVER admit to when] subbed guitar for them, and the Kinks, back in the day when they were on tour and a member got sick or just wanted a break.

He plays studio music and does gigs in Memphis still….

j$

July 17th, 2009
4:34 pm

good tribute to Sr. and his mentor Tee Tot (and jr. can do some nice licks too):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djjOvgnNdwk

and here’s a little rockin’ tune while crusin’ round the bayou

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFhM1XZsh6o

Sherl

July 17th, 2009
4:36 pm

This is not sad but it is nostalgic and they might not be Hank but it is pretty good traveling music http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgQw-jeItVs

Normal

July 17th, 2009
4:37 pm

AmVet: You up here? DUDE!! Great choices downstairs…OMG!

Disgusted

July 17th, 2009
4:43 pm

How strange it feels to have lived long enough to remember the deaths of both Hank Williams and Paul Hemphill. I was a school child, gathered around the family radio listening to WOAY, Oak Hill, West Virginia, and dreading the walk out into that bitter cold and snow to catch the school bus, when the announcement came that Hank Williams had been found dead in that Cadillac near the town. He was on his way to a gig in Ohio. And now his chronicler, Paul Hemphill, is gone.

Both men made remarkable contributions to American culture. May they rest in peace.

Scooter

July 17th, 2009
4:48 pm

Sherl @ 4:36 Great! havn’t heard that in a while.

Mrs. Godzilla

July 17th, 2009
4:51 pm

Dedicated to all the folks fighting the good fight for healthcare reform:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjSjmw_7uIE

Hell Yes, we can!

Normal

July 17th, 2009
4:51 pm

THis is my donation…It’s country…sorta…and you can dedicate it to any politician out there
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mNDHTfdn1A

josef nix

July 17th, 2009
4:53 pm

SHERL–great choice!

I Report (-: You Whine )-:

July 17th, 2009
5:00 pm

In honor of the democrats and all of the hare brained socialist schemes they are trying to foist upon us-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOKK8mAkiUI

josef nix

July 17th, 2009
5:02 pm

Scooter

July 17th, 2009
5:03 pm

I wish I could link to stuff like ya’ll do but i will learn how to someday! In the mean time, I will listen and enjoy. Thanks to all.

Paul

July 17th, 2009
5:04 pm

That attic was too bloody hot. I can finish up in the morning. But how nice to come back to the travelin’ music thread. Great Friday tradition. Hope Darren from yesterday evening shows back up. But he probably won’t – likely thinks we’re all lunatics.

Jay – sorry about the loss of your friend. Sounds like an interesting fellow. I shall read his book with interest.

Off to buy a recirculating pump. This all started out as a simple water heater exchange before it went bad…..

Later -

Scooter

July 17th, 2009
5:07 pm

Whiner @ 5:00 I’ll have you know! I resemble that post.

Trust me

July 17th, 2009
5:09 pm

getalife

July 17th, 2009
5:09 pm

AmVet

July 17th, 2009
5:09 pm

That is a damned fine piece of Americana. Just so heartbreakingly slow. Thanks JB and Sherl.

Bocephus, more of the Great Fatsby and Jerry Lee – the meat man, nice…

Durning dancing??? Now that’s funny.

And now for something completely different.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_R20sleJxr4&feature=related

Normal

July 17th, 2009
5:12 pm

WHINER, My favorite song…I sing it all the time at work…guess thats why my workbench is in the corner of the warehouse that’s the furthest away. Actually I watch that movie every chance I get…Love those flying monkeys….
—————-
JOSEF
I started your song, and the little missus ran for the hills….I mamboed with Bubba…the cat.

Paul

July 17th, 2009
5:13 pm

Report/Whine

In honor of all the Republicans, still hanging on to their lifestyles, having difficulty dealing with the slights and feeling a bit as if life has passed them by…..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqCcSc-se24

josef nix

July 17th, 2009
5:13 pm

Redneck Convert

July 17th, 2009
5:14 pm

Well, Hank Williams was a great singer, ain’t no doubt about that. And Paul Hemphill started off good when he was a kid but went bad on us when he up and went librul. I recall the first time he showed up in the Atlanta paper. I expected a good Conservative Southrener, but I might of knowed they wouldn’t hire no Conservative. Well, he spouted librul junk for a few years and then they said he was going off to Harvard on some kind of grant. They ruint him for good up there.

He was a great writter, only he wrote the wrong kind of stuff. Kind of like a great country singer that decides he’s going to sing opera. I sort of wrote him off but some people said his book about Hank Williams was great. I just don’t see how a fellow like that got enough country singers to talk to him to be able to write a book. Everybody knows most all country folk are Conservative.

Anyhow, I don’t hold no hard feelings toward him and hope he rests in peace. Wherever libruls rest. I hope wherever it is it ain’t too warm for him. And tell the Whiner he ain’t got no heart to be writing junk like that in a blog about the death of a guy. He’s the kind of blogger that would throw the Baby Ruth candy bar in the pool at a swim party. Have a good night everybody.

josef nix

July 17th, 2009
5:17 pm

getalife

NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktOg7-vPx14

Normal

July 17th, 2009
5:22 pm

josef nix

July 17th, 2009
5:23 pm

zip–in case you’re here…see Paul @ 5:13… wicked!

I Report (-: You Whine )-:

July 17th, 2009
5:24 pm

Scooter, copy the web page url from your browser and paste it right into the comment box.

No formatting necessary.

Normal

July 17th, 2009
5:26 pm

AmVet, great songs, but I am still blown away from downstairs…Country Joe and Black Sabbath together…Deep…

I Report (-: You Whine )-:

July 17th, 2009
5:28 pm

Gather round robots of war, let’s hold implements and sing together-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBdeCxJmcAo

Normal

July 17th, 2009
5:29 pm

SCOOTER< Do you know how to search for things?

Scooter

July 17th, 2009
5:32 pm

josef, that 5:17 put me one toke over the line. Just smokin…

josef nix

July 17th, 2009
5:34 pm

NORMAL–Thanks! Memories of one of the best nights of my life in San Jose, Costa Rica, me and the Unmentionable the guests of honor at a fiesta for “our people!”

Bud Wiser

July 17th, 2009
5:35 pm

I Report (-: You Whine )-:

July 17th, 2009
5:36 pm

Like I was saying-

Well, we’re supposed to “never forget” slavery, to “think about it,” to improve “the way it’s taught,” to “widen the lens,” to “make sure we’re all reflecting.” Oh, and he wants “every child to think about” it.

By Obama’s lights, then, it would seem that understanding slavery is important because it yields an endless supply of endless abstractions with which to respond ineffectually to contemporary humanitarian crisis. While every child is thinking about this stuff, is the president of the United States doing anything?-Taranto

Gas.

Bag.

Blah, blah, blah.

josef nix

July 17th, 2009
5:37 pm

Normal

July 17th, 2009
5:39 pm

This song(s) is for all you free born men out there.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elxbRl6VQmY

Normal

July 17th, 2009
5:41 pm

Scooter

July 17th, 2009
5:42 pm

Whiner @ 5:24 I have only been in cyberspace a very short distance. I really appriciate your help but I don’t know what url is or browser. Have no idea how to cut or paste. Thanks for tring to help me!!!!

Normal

July 17th, 2009
5:43 pm

Bud Wiser…Two great posts, I gotta change my shirt with the last one…Never, ever do that again while I’m eating cereal…

josef nix

July 17th, 2009
5:44 pm

For those of us wishing our POTUS the best

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZg5qSeUbpo

Scooter

July 17th, 2009
5:46 pm

Normal, no I don’t know how to serch for things. If it don’t leave tracks, I outa luck!

Scooter

July 17th, 2009
5:50 pm

josef @ 5:37, That’s my favorite gospel song. THanks

Joey

July 17th, 2009
5:51 pm

Jay:
I recall your reports from the area very well. I questioned at the time and still: What benefit did the people of the area gain by having all those people come there. Not just you but huge numbers of newspapers, TV Networks, TV Cable stations, radio stations, radio networks, support crews, equipment, generators and even Sean Penn.

Did the people of the area, the victims, reap a net benefit from all of you being there; eating the food, using the gas, etc., etc.?

I am not asking you to answer that complicated question. I would ask though: Having been there and having that experience, and assuming it was your decision alone to make; would you make certain that you sent an AJC Editor or reporter to the area devastated by the next hurricane?

josef nix

July 17th, 2009
5:52 pm

For those of us still proud of where we came from

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZg5qSeUbpo

Trust me

July 17th, 2009
5:52 pm

Well, Scooter, you is in need of some civilizing. You know what a mouse is. It is not that four-legged critter that Tarzan has to save Jane from.

Normal

July 17th, 2009
5:53 pm

SCOOTER, On your homepage, there is a square that says search. Put what you want to look for in that block and enter. Find the best you tube example of what you want to post ang look for that http//www.youtube.com…highlight it by clicking and holding the left button of your mouse down until it is completely covered. hit ctrl c to save. come back to this page and where you put in your comments click once and hit ctrl v. there it is. try it, you’ll like it.

josef nix

July 17th, 2009
5:57 pm

What I meant to post at 5:52

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4s0nzsU1Wg

Scooter–still learning this myself,

Normal

July 17th, 2009
5:58 pm

Trust Me…My mouse transforms into a mighty killin’…wait, are we talkin’ about the same ting

Scooter

July 17th, 2009
5:58 pm

Normal @ 5:41, sums up MY life. Thanks

Hillbilly Deluxe

July 17th, 2009
6:01 pm

DB:

Hank’s music was from the heart, doubt there’d be a place for him in today’s Nashville.

Jay:

Good choice. As good a song as was ever written. Ol’ Hank must of been hurtin’ when he wrote that. Here’s another.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsD3xd-RGp0

josef nix

July 17th, 2009
6:04 pm

JOEY–in reference to your questions of Jay…much of my family is down there. I shudder to think of what would have happened had the press not gone and covered it the way they did. For days on end the only clue we had on what had happened to some of them was from the press coverage. The relief we felt when we saw a street we recognized with friends and family on it, and the houses still standing, or the horror we felt when we read the coverage say, from Pass Christian, and still had not heard from the aunts and uncles there…

Normal

July 17th, 2009
6:07 pm

j$

July 17th, 2009
6:08 pm

this guy, Marc Broussard can belt one out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC1v5trmB1E

Normal

July 17th, 2009
6:15 pm

Normal

July 17th, 2009
6:17 pm

j$ great choice…

josef nix

July 17th, 2009
6:18 pm

Joey

July 17th, 2009
6:21 pm

josef;
Thanks. I agree that some of the news media coverage provided benefit to everyone. And I am not condeming Jay or the AJC here. I know he went there because he believed it would help.

Maybe a way to help next time is for Jay to look in retrospect at his trip. Knowing what he knows, what he learned, and given it is his decision to make, would he make certain that an AJC editor or reporter was on the scene?

josef nix

July 17th, 2009
6:21 pm

JAY–wanna tell me why 6:15 was held up (went through at 6:18, no need to unblock) but there I was, piggybacking on praise of you…go figure…. :-)

I Report (-: You Whine )-:

July 17th, 2009
6:23 pm

Either way, what’s become clear is that the week that was supposed to be the humiliating rout of old white guys in the Senate has turned into the surrender of judicial liberalism. That has become the philosophy no potential justice can admit to, even when her president owns the Senate. Whoever in the administration coached Sotomayor knows this: A conservative Supreme Court is not at odds with America. It is its reflection.

Now that they understand it, people are really starting to hate liberalism.

haha

Scooter

July 17th, 2009
6:23 pm

Trust me,Normal and josef. I’m over whelmed with info. I have never been accused of playing with a full deck but I will try my best to follow your advise! Thanks!!!

Hillbilly Deluxe

July 17th, 2009
6:24 pm

For those who came before me and worked to make my load a little lighter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF-BTeFXkLI

josef nix

July 17th, 2009
6:27 pm

J$–second what Normal said….

electrician

July 17th, 2009
6:30 pm

Normal….thanks for giving thet advce to Scooter, hate to admit it but I didn’t know how to do that either, I’m gonna give it a shot…..is it possible to break the internet? things sometime happen when I try something new.

josef nix

July 17th, 2009
6:31 pm

NORMAL @ 6:15–one of my “epiphany” songs….thanks

Normal

July 17th, 2009
6:31 pm

From one old tired salt to you deployed soldiers out there…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXdNnw99-Ic

electrician

July 17th, 2009
6:31 pm

OH no,missed the spell check

josef nix

July 17th, 2009
6:35 pm

JOEY–retrospect is not their forte…once the water receded, Uncle Sam’s Redheaded Step Children could just fade back into the forgotten people camp, not to be thought of until the next tragedy…I hold THAT against the media with a bitterness, but not their coverage of the horror…

Scooter

July 17th, 2009
6:38 pm

Hillbilly, If you would, can we hear some Ricky Scaggs? Please.

josef nix

July 17th, 2009
6:40 pm

Hillbilly–my emmylou “the way I feel” song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzyrXZ0gDTA

AmVet

July 17th, 2009
6:45 pm

White cats playing black music and black dudes doing white music.

It’s all beautiful…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azVz2J-9ils&feature=channel

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r78e8KrA9t8

Normal

July 17th, 2009
6:47 pm

Hillbilly Deluxe

July 17th, 2009
6:47 pm

Josef, I like that one quite a bunch myself.

Scooter, give this one a listen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrJUIuBlnw4

electrician

July 17th, 2009
6:48 pm

Normal at 6;31 one of my all time favorite groups, my son, now in afghanistan grew up listening to them also,,thanks

Scooter

July 17th, 2009
6:48 pm

Normal @ 6:31, great tribute! I wish they could hear you.

Normal

July 17th, 2009
6:51 pm

Here is another one I like, just for you…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlY-JlE5ZCo&feature=related

Now I’m going back and listening to all of your again…G-d, this has made me nostalgic…back later

Hillbilly Deluxe

July 17th, 2009
6:52 pm

Normal

July 17th, 2009
6:53 pm

Hillbilly Deluxe

July 17th, 2009
6:58 pm

Normal

July 17th, 2009
7:01 pm

OK, OK, Really the last one…maybe
AM VET: for you
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgECKj9LSH4

RW-(the original)

July 17th, 2009
7:03 pm

Well since we’re not in a big enough deficit our House of Lunatics Representatives decided to vote $700,000,000.00 of our tax dollars for a birth control program for wild horses.

In tribute I offer this alternative version

I Report (-: You Whine )-:

July 17th, 2009
7:07 pm

josef nix

July 17th, 2009
7:07 pm

Hillbilly–Little Jew Boy that I am, have to say, it’s my “soul” music

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KxTyC2YDJY

Normal

July 17th, 2009
7:10 pm

ELECTRICIAN…I wish him the best. I pray he returns safe and sound…

Hillbilly Deluxe

July 17th, 2009
7:11 pm

I’m proud that before I quit going to see live music, I got to see Bill.

I Report (-: You Whine )-:

July 17th, 2009
7:18 pm

Hillbilly Deluxe

July 17th, 2009
7:18 pm

josef nix

July 17th, 2009
7:21 pm

NORMAL–in case you’re still here, for your gnostic soul

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgkk0Hdwmo8

Trust me

July 17th, 2009
7:22 pm

Dusty

July 17th, 2009
7:25 pm

Well, howwwdeee folks. I see you are knee deep in the country cacophony of certain cappellas. Or should I say…. right up to your chinnychin chins in it? Nevertheless, I am soooo happy that you are HAPPPY and I am happy that I don’t really have to listen and happy that it is Friday and happy the local storm was only ten terminal raindrops and besides that, the happiest moment of all, I got the oil changed in my courtly Cavalier. So happiness is hurling here. (Doesn’t take much , does it?)

Rest in peace, Mr. Hemphill. I read his obit. Musta been a fine fellow.

Speaking of fine fellows, has anyone heard from Bosch? I might have missed it since I have been busier than a beaver in a log jam, a mosquito in a nudist colony, etc. etc. I hope he is OK.

By the way, glancing back I was delighted to see that some of you gentlemen are really interested in birds. Don’t know whether it was red headed woodpeckers or ivory bills or what but ‘peckers were definitely in study. I think Normal said his was on the endangered list. Sad…

Well, let me know about Bosch. I ‘m getting ready for the BRAVES. GO BRAVES!! That Maddux was a great pitcher. Wish we had another one just like him.

josef nix

July 17th, 2009
7:26 pm

Trust Me @7:22 Good choice!

josef nix

July 17th, 2009
7:28 pm

DUSTY–glad you’re happy! I am, too…love Friday nights at Jay’s…Bosch has been here today…seems to be okay…miss talking to you, but we seem to be on different tracks these days…

I Report (-: You Whine )-:

July 17th, 2009
7:30 pm

Hillbilly Deluxe

July 17th, 2009
7:32 pm

This is a couple years old so this kid is about 10 now. How many people can trade licks with Buddy Guy? Really gets good about the 5:00 mark

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ix4TNJvVk8M.

I Report (-: You Whine )-:

July 17th, 2009
7:36 pm

Normal

July 17th, 2009
7:38 pm

Dusty, it was just well used and died of exaustion…just sayin,

AmVet

July 17th, 2009
7:41 pm

Wow Hillbilly, that Hwy 40 Blues damned near made me cry.

Maybe it’s something only a kid who grew up a long way from anywhere could understand.

A real tear jerker and about as post Poco country crossover as I get.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kClAZAYK3M