Music: A Tale Of Two Hanks

Two descendants of country music's greatest poet are carrying on his legacy in very different ways

Hank, ne Hiram, Williams made what is widely considered to be the loveliest country music recorded in the '40s and early '50s, and had an unmatched ability to glory in sin on one song, repent on the next and carry off both with conviction and hangdog cool. There is no Hank Williams-size figure in country music today.

But two Hank Williamses--Hank's son Hank Williams Jr., 52, and his boy Hank Williams III, 29--just released a pair of albums that are miles-apart takes on country and the family legacy. Hank Jr.'s Almeria Club Recordings is his 68th solo album. Hank III's...

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