Monday, November 14, 2005

Ted Hawkins- There Stands the Glass

You're too late!

From the moment I decided to name this forum There Stands the Glass, I knew that Ted Hawkins' version of Webb Pierce's song would be the subject of my inaugural post. Hawkins had recorded a handful of phenomenal recordings, most notably for Rounder, but it wasn't until his major label release The First Hundred Years in '94 that he received broad exposure. Hawkins toured nationally to support it; he opened each show with There Stands the Glass. This piercing cry served notice to the audience that they were in the presence of one of the greats. If you're not already hip to Hawkins, The First Hundred Years is the most accessible entry point. This live CD, The Final Tour, is also excellent. Ultimately, Rounder's Happy Hour and Watch Your Step, which showcase his devastating original songs like Sorry You're Sick and Strange Conversation, are Hawkin's most exciting efforts.


Mike Karr said...

This is one of my favorite CDs ever.

Happy In Bag said...

Mike- I see from your profile that you're here in KC and that you work at KU Med. Unfortunately, I spend a lot of time there. But the staff is uniformly incredible. Anyway, yeah, Ted is missed.

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