The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 – Extended Play
Release date: April 19, 2014
Lost and unheard for over 60 years, limited-edition 10″ on brown vinyl!
In February of 1950, Hank Williams hosted several Garden Spot radio shows for Naughton Farms, a plant nursery in Waxahachie, Texas. Backed by a studio group instead of his usual Drifting Cowboys, Hank sang his hits, as well as songs he rarely, if ever, performed elsewhere. And those performances were last heard on the radio, in Texas, 64 years ago…
…Until now! Radio transcription discs of four Garden Spot Programs were recently discovered, and Omnivore Recordings is proud to present The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 — Extended Play. This collectible 10″ single (plays at 33 1/3), packaged in a 78rpm-style sleeve with notes from co-producer Colin Escott, contains nearly 15 minutes of unheard Hank Williams. From smash hits like “Lovesick Blues” and “Mind Your Own Business” to instrumentals and standards, The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 — Extended Play is the perfect primer for the full-length release, The Garden Spot Programs, 1950, coming in May from Omnivore.
The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 — Extended Play 10″ is a cause for celebration. It is a rare and wonderful occurrence when lost recordings are discovered. It is even more astonishing and important when that discovery is of lost recordings by one of our greatest artists of all time. This record reclaims a piece of our collective history.
The Garden Spot Jingle(Show 4) I Don’t Care (If Tomorrow Never Comes)(Show 10) Lovesick Blues(Show 4) Closing/Oh! Susanna(Show 10) Farther Along(Show 10) Mind Your Own Business(Show 9) Fiddle Tune(Show 4) Closing/Oh! Susanna(Show 11)