After already dropping one of the year’s finest folk albums with Pray for Daylight (hushed acoustics, gorgeous harmonies, subtle zombie theme, the usual stuff), Chris Kiehne has recently made available (for free download!) another excellent 10 song collection. In his own words, A Widower’s Kind is a collection of slightly-to-significantly modified Hank Williams’ songs. Some of his most morbid songs, and some of my favorite. It’s scrappy and sad and dusty, like Hank himself, and I’m pretty happy with it.
Now I’m no Hank Williams expert per se, but I do know quite a few of the country legend’s most famous songs. In fact, I’m sure I could dig up a dusty CD compilation in my attic with 20 or so of his biggest hits now that I think about it. I even wrote about one once upon a time. But A Widower’s Kind foregoes the typical Williams’ covers – there’s no “Your Cheatin’ Heart”, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”, or “Hey Good Lookin’” to be found here – as Kiehne goes deep into the Williams’ catalog. Check out the achingly pretty “My Sweet Love Ain’t Around” and a completely rebuilt “I Can’t Get You Off of My Mind” for starters. Then download and share the whole thing.
MP3 :: My Sweet Love Ain’t Around
(from A Widower’s Kind. Download here)