Tuesday, January 19, 2010

RIP Carl Smith - the gentleman honky-tonker

Oh no. Remember last week's post about Goldie Hill and how love led her away from the blues? Well, this is the fella that made her happy enough to stop singing the blues, and he died today.

Carl Smith is the "gentleman honky-tonker", a bit more brushed up that your Hanks or your Ernests, but his is still a proper honky-tonk, steel-soaked, tears-in-your-beer world. There's a real charm to his stuff, perfect for a gentle sway around the kitchen.

Listen: Carl Smith - Guilty Conscience

Listen: Carl Smith - If Teardrops Were Pennies

Buy it

He's also known for being married to June Carter Cash in her pre-Cash incarnation, and they had a daughter called Carlene. Love that.

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