Muscle Shoals to Music Row

S3 E11 | FULL EPISODE

Hank Williams Tribute

It's Alabama country music legend Hank Williams' birthday in September, and MUSCLE SHOALS TO MUSIC ROW pays tribute to the songwriter and performer with a special hour featuring some of his biggest hits. Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys perform.

AIRED: September 23, 2019 | 0:56:51
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♪ Muscle Shoals to Music Row

(upbeat music)

[Announcer] The Sam Phillips Music Organization

invites you to come along

as we present new and hit music

right from the source.

♪ Muscle Shoals

♪ Music Row, yeah

[Narrator] Bringing you live performances

by the best artists and songwriters from Muscle Shoals,

Music Row, and around the world.

And now, from Studio A in the legendary Fame Studios,

it's "Muscle Shoals to Music Row Live."

[M.] As everyone in Alabama knows,

and the Ken Burns documentary,

country music has already shown everyone else,

Hank Williams had a tremendous effect

on every country music artist who followed.

With a gift to write songs,

his songs touch the heart and they grab the soul.

But the man himself would never claim credit for his talent,

saying instead, and I quote,

"I don't write songs, I just hang on to the pen

"and God sends them through."

Ladies and gentlemen, with a tribute to Hank Williams,

please welcome Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys.

-Two, three, four, one. -(audience cheering)

("Settin' the Woods on Fire")

♪ I comb your hair and paint and powder ♪

♪ You sing loud and I'll sing louder ♪

♪ You act proud, but I'll be prouder ♪

♪ Tonight, we're setting the woods on fire ♪

♪ You're my gal and I'm your feller ♪

♪ Dressed up in my frock of yeller ♪

♪ I look swell, but you look sweller ♪

♪ Setting the woods on fire

♪ We'll take in all the honky-tonk ♪

♪ Tonight, we're having fun

♪ We'll show the folks a brand new dance ♪

♪ That never has been done

♪ I don't care who thinks we're silly ♪

♪ You be daffy, I'll be dilly

♪ We'll order up two bowls of chili ♪

♪ Setting the woods on fire

♪ Now, I gas up my hot rod stoker ♪

♪ We'll get hotter than a poker ♪

♪ I'll be broke, but you'll be broker ♪

♪ Tonight, we're setting the woods on fire ♪

♪ We'll sit close to one another ♪

♪ Up our street and down the other ♪

♪ We'll have a time, oh, brother ♪

♪ Setting the woods on fire

♪ We'll set aside a little time ♪

♪ To fix a flat or two

♪ Oh, well, the tires and tubes are doing fine ♪

♪ But the air is showing through ♪

♪ I clap hands, you start howling ♪

♪ We'll do all the law's allowing ♪

♪ Tomorrow, I'll be right back plowing ♪

♪ Setting the woods on fire

Yeah, boy!

(audience cheering)

Very nice!

"No Teardrops."

"No Teardrops."

Two, three, four, one, two.

("There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight")

♪ I'll pretend I'm free from sorrow ♪

♪ Make believe that wrong is right ♪

♪ Your wedding day will be tomorrow ♪

♪ So there'll be no teardrops tonight ♪

♪ Why, oh, why did you desert me ♪

♪ Other arms will hold you tight ♪

♪ If you only want to hurt me

♪ Then there'll be no teardrops tonight ♪

♪ I'll believe that you still love me ♪

♪ When you wear your veil of white ♪

♪ But you think that you're above me ♪

♪ So there'll be no teardrops tonight ♪

♪ Shame, oh, shame for what you're doing ♪

♪ Are you doing it for spite

♪ You don't care whose life you ruin ♪

♪ So there'll be no teardrops tonight ♪

(audience applauding)

Little song called "How Come You Don't Love Me

"Like You Used to Did."

Are you ready?

One, two, a one, two.

("Why Don't You Love Me")

♪ Now, why don't you love me like you used to do ♪

♪ How come you treat me like a worn out shoe ♪

♪ My hair's still curly and my eyes are still blue ♪

♪ Why don't you love me like you used to do ♪

♪ I ain't had no loving like hugging and kissing ♪

♪ In a long, long while

♪ We don't get nearer, further, closer than a country mile ♪

♪ Why don't you say the things you used to say ♪

♪ What makes you treat me like a piece of clay ♪

♪ Somebody's changed, now let me give you a clue ♪

♪ Why don't you love me like you used to do ♪

♪ Now, why don't just be just like you used to be ♪

♪ How come you find so many faults with me ♪

♪ Why don't you tell me, don't give me a clue ♪

♪ Why don't you love me like you used to do ♪

♪ I ain't had no loving like hugging and kissing ♪

♪ In a long, long while

♪ We don't get nearer, further, closer than a country mile ♪

♪ Oh, don't you love me like you used to do ♪

♪ And say sweet nothings like you used to coo ♪

♪ My hair's still curly and my eyes are still blue ♪

♪ Why don't you love me like you used to do ♪

-(laughs) -(audience cheering)

Kinda.

("Ramblin' Man")

♪ I can settle down

♪ And be doing just fine

♪ Then I hear an old freight

♪ Coming down the line

♪ Then I hurry straight

♪ Home and pack

♪ 'Cause if I go

♪ I believe I'd blow my stack

♪ I love you, baby

♪ But you gotta understand

♪ When the Lord made me

♪ He made a rambling man

♪ I love to see the cloud

♪ Passing by

♪ And to ride these rails

♪ 'Neath God's blue sky

♪ Let me travel the land

♪ From the mountains to the sea ♪

♪ 'Cause that's the life I believe ♪

♪ He meant for me

♪ Sometimes, it's hard

♪ But you gotta understand

♪ When the Lord made me

♪ He made a rambling man

♪ Now, some folks, they say

♪ I'm no good

♪ That I wouldn't settle

♪ Down if I could

♪ When that open road

♪ Starts calling me

♪ There's something over the hill ♪

♪ I gotta see

♪ And when I'm gone

♪ And at my grave, you stand

♪ You say God's called home

♪ Your rambling man

(audience cheering)

Spooky Hank.

That's really Luke the Drifter, though, isn't it?

-Yes, it is. -Yeah.

Don't question me, Buford.

I should not question you.

He could tell you what year that came out,

and what the record looked like, and what it smelled like.

What shoes he had on.

What year did it come out?

Actually, that's pretty cool.

'51, I think.

Thank you very much.

Ladies and gentlemen, Buford T. Icenogle.

(audience cheering)

It was a yellow and black MGM.

(laughs)

Don't get dorky on me.

-Please. -Hey, man, you asked,

-so I'm just saying. -I did, I did.

I did, I'm sorry.

All right, let's do this one.

Red Foley had a hit on it too,

but I always did the Hank Williams version 'cause he did it.

It's called "Tennessee Border."

♪ Her eyes were blue, her hair was auburn ♪

♪ Her lips were like a lady fair ♪

♪ She was her daddy's only daughter ♪

♪ On the Tennessee border

♪ One night, I took a ride just across that line ♪

♪ Well, I picked her up in a pickup truck ♪

♪ And she broke this heart of mine ♪

♪ Her mama said, no, she's my only daughter ♪

♪ And we got married on the Tennessee border ♪

♪ All right

♪ Well, those roses were blooming there on the border ♪

♪ The stars were shining there

♪ Her personality made me want her ♪

♪ On the Tennessee border

♪ One night, I took a ride just across that line ♪

♪ Well, I picked her up in a pickup truck ♪

♪ And she broke that heart of mine ♪

♪ Her mama said, no, she's my only daughter ♪

♪ And we got married on the Tennessee border ♪

♪ All right

♪ Oh, one night, I took a ride just across that line ♪

♪ Well, I picked her up in a pickup truck ♪

♪ And she broke that heart of mine ♪

♪ Her mama said, no, she's my only daughter ♪

♪ And we got married on the Tennessee border ♪

-Yeah. -(audience cheering)

Thank you very much.

The Sam Phillips suite.

The last time you were here, we weren't in Fame, were we?

No, no, it was over

-at the Marriott resort. -Yeah, the conference center.

-Yeah, the conference center. -You were on the old set.

What do you think of the new digs?

I think this is an improvement.

Have you ever been in this studio?

You ever worked or recorded in here?

This is the first time I ever recorded in here,

and I can say that I have because we recorded it, right?

I came in here one time

a couple of years ago just hanging out,

and we wanted to come down and see what it looked like,

where magic happens, and this is what it looks like.

What does it feel like?

-I mean, in Studio A? -Oh, it's fantastic.

It's fantastic, you know?

I've had the privilege of working

in some pretty great classic places like this, you know?

Some places in New York and a lot of places in Nashville.

There are just certain rooms that have a certain vibe

that brings something out in you if you tap into it,

and this is one of those rooms.

Yeah, you did, a few years ago, you did an entire album

that was centered around in that,

an iconic street in Nashville.

Yeah, it was the Quonset Hut

which was the Bradley Studio.

Harold and Owen Bradley opened up a studio

in a boarding house on what became known as Music Row.

They were the first studio on Music Row

because they didn't want the competition to go to Texas.

So they built a nice studio there,

and they recorded a bunch of great records.

They had a studio on the first floor and on the basement,

and that's where they recorded "Be-Bop-A-Lula," actually,

by Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps,

was down in the basement of that.

They put Gene down the hallway.

It was all weird.

But they wanted to make some more money

and they wanted to make films and everything,

so they bought this Army-issued Quonset Hut

and just stuck it on the back of the boarding house.

And that became, they did the "Grand Ole Opry" TV show there

and some commercials and a bunch of stuff.

But it ended up being a great-sounding room to record in,

and so that became the main studio

for Columbia for a long time.

And you're just kinda collecting iconic studios

along your way, wouldn't you say?

There's a trail of dead

-in my wake. -(M. laughs)

No, yes, I am, and it's really terrific

to be able to work in places like that

where so many of my favorite records were made,

here, and at the Phillips studio in Memphis,

and the old Memphis recording, Sun,

and RCA Studio A and Studio B in Nashville,

and the Quonset Hut.

You know, it's pretty great to be able to say

that I've done something in all those studios.

Hank Williams, probably his biggest hit was his first one.

I mean, he wrote so many great songs,

but he didn't even write this one.

This was an old show tune, an old minstrel show tune,

and the guy who did it kind of originally

was a guy named Emmett Miller.

But Hank had a huge hit on it.

We're doing E.

We'll just do the Hank version, all right?

-Okay. -All right?

He came on the "Grand Ole Opry" and did this song,

and he had how many encores?

Six or seven encores, right?

-Right. -More than anybody's ever had

on the "Grand Ole Opry," all because of this.

♪ I got a feeling called the blues, oh, Lord ♪

♪ Since my baby said goodbye

♪ Lord, I don't know what I'll do ♪

♪ All I do is sit and sigh, oh, Lord ♪

♪ And last long day, she said goodbye ♪

♪ Well, I know I thought I would cry ♪

♪ She'll do me, she'll do you, she's got that kind of loving ♪

♪ Lord, I love to hear her when she calls me Sweet Daddy ♪

♪ Such a beautiful dream

♪ I hate to think it's all over ♪

♪ I lost my heart, it seems

♪ I've grown so used to you somehow ♪

♪ Well, I'm nobody's sugar daddy now ♪

♪ And I'm lonesome, I got the lovesick blues ♪

♪ Well, I'm in love, I'm in love with a beautiful gal ♪

♪ That's what's the matter with me ♪

♪ I'm in love, I'm in love with a beautiful gal ♪

♪ But she don't care about me

♪ Well, I tried and I tried to keep her satisfied ♪

♪ But she just wouldn't stay

♪ And now that she is leaving, this is all I can say ♪

♪ I got a feeling called the blues, oh, Lord ♪

♪ Since my baby said goodbye

♪ Lord, I don't know what I'll do ♪

♪ All I ever do is sit and sigh, oh, Lord ♪

♪ And last long day, she said goodbye ♪

♪ Well, Lord, I thought I would cry ♪

♪ Oh, she'll do me, she'll do you ♪

♪ She's got that kind of loving ♪

♪ Lord, I love to hear her when she calls me Sweet Daddy ♪

♪ Such a beautiful dream

♪ I hate to think it's all over ♪

♪ I lost my heart, it seems

♪ I've grown so used to you somehow ♪

♪ Well, I'm nobody's sugar daddy now ♪

♪ And I'm lonesome, I got the lovesick blues ♪

-(Chuck laughs) -(audience cheering)

Martin Lynds back there on the drums.

(audience cheering)

Carco Clave on the straight steel.

(audience cheering)

He can't help it.

Come on.

(audience cheering)

I think maybe we should veer off just a second in that era

just so that I can sing a little harmony

with Buford over here.

Carl Smith was the next big star right after Hank Williams,

and he had tons of hits.

And I'm always a fan of the Louvin Brothers too,

and so we're gonna do a Louvin Brothers song

and a Carl Smith song all at the same time.

-Perfect. -Do you like that, Buford?

You like that plan?

Almost better than crawfish, yeah.

He's from Ethel, Louisiana, ladies and gentlemen,

so talk slowly.

Are you ready, can we do this?

"Are You Teasing Me."

I'm actually wearing Carl Smith's tie tonight.

Yes, yes.

(Buford laughs)

Yes, it really is Carl's,

so I'm trying to channel Hank Williams and Carl Smith

all the same time, the two baddest guys.

(chuckles)

I can't say that on PBS, can I?

"Are You Teasing Me," Carco, kick it off.

One, two, one.

("Are You Teasing Me")

♪ When we're all alone, dear, and I'm in your arms ♪

♪ Are you teasing me

♪ When you're telling me how you thrill to my charms ♪

♪ Are you teasing me

♪ Are you untrue when I'm not with you ♪

♪ When we're apart, are you free ♪

♪ Oh, tell me, darling, while our love is still young ♪

♪ Are you teasing me

♪ When you say that my kiss sends your heart in a whirl ♪

♪ Are you teasing me

♪ And you say you'll be mine till the end of the world ♪

♪ Are you teasing me

♪ You said that my heart makes your life complete ♪

♪ And tied in my arms, you want to be ♪

♪ Oh, tell me, darling, while our love is still young ♪

♪ Are you teasing me

(audience cheering)

("Cold, Cold Heart")

♪ I tried so hard, my dear, to show ♪

♪ That you're my every dream

♪ Yet you're afraid each thing I do is just some evil scheme ♪

♪ A memory from your lonesome past keeps us so far apart ♪

♪ Why can't I free your doubtful mind ♪

♪ And melt your cold, cold heart ♪

♪ Another love before my time made your heart sad and blue ♪

♪ And so my heart is paying now for things I didn't do ♪

♪ In anger, unkind words are said ♪

♪ That make the teardrops start ♪

♪ Why can't I free your doubtful mind ♪

♪ And melt your cold, cold heart ♪

♪ You'll never know how much it hurt to see you sit and cry ♪

♪ You know you need and want my love ♪

♪ Yet you're afraid to try

♪ The more I learn to care for you, the more we drift apart ♪

♪ Why can't I free your doubtful mind ♪

♪ And melt your cold, cold heart ♪

♪ There was a time when I believed that you belonged to me ♪

♪ But now I know your heart is shackled to a memory ♪

♪ The more I learn to care for you, the more we drift apart ♪

♪ Why can't I free your doubtful mind ♪

♪ And melt your cold, cold heart ♪

(audience cheering)

My band BR549, we came out of Nashville.

Anybody been to Nashville?

That Lower Broadway is the party central now,

but back then, when we were playing down

at Robert's Western World,

you couldn't blow a cannon down Lower Broadway

without hitting one of us or a homeless person.

It was great.

But my first gig was at Tootsies Orchid Lounge,

and I was playing in there one night

and this weird thing happened.

It involves Hank Williams, so I'm trying to tie it all in.

And so, instead of telling you the story,

I'm just gonna go ahead and play it.

Are you ready?

I'll tell you the story in the song.

Do you what one we're doing, Carco?

-Okay. -(audience laughing)

-One, two, a one, two, three. -(upbeat music)

♪ When I first came to Nashville ♪

♪ I was playing in this joint downtown ♪

♪ 'Cause I'd always wanted to play in the front window ♪

♪ Of Tootsies Orchid Lounge

♪ So Clovis and me, we got us a gig in there ♪

♪ Playing from nine to two

♪ We were getting to play whatever we wanted to play ♪

♪ And, hell, we were making a little money too ♪

♪ But one Monday night, about 10 o'clock ♪

♪ The crowd, it was looking thin ♪

♪ And we were only gonna go home about $35 richer ♪

♪ Than when we came in

♪ Then suddenly, the whole place filled up ♪

♪ From the front bar to the back ♪

♪ And I looked around and I'd seen this guy ♪

♪ Pulling up in front

♪ In a big, long, black Cadillac ♪

♪ I did

♪ Well, I noticed how he tipped his hat ♪

♪ As he walked into the bar

♪ And I said to myself

♪ You know, this guy has to be some big ♪

♪ Famous singing star

♪ So I just looked over at old Clovis ♪

♪ And we kicked off a rocking Carl Smith tune ♪

♪ Then we followed it up

♪ With a couple of Johnny Horton numbers ♪

♪ Then I started to work the room ♪

♪ I went into my little spiel about how, you know ♪

♪ You're supposed to tip the band ♪

♪ I said, if you can't give $5

♪ Well, then just give what you can ♪

♪ And if there's anything that you'd like to hear right now ♪

♪ Well, now's the time to say

♪ And that guy stood up and said, I'll give you $25 ♪

♪ For every Hank Williams song you can play ♪

♪ He did

♪ Well, I was shocked and stunned to the challenge ♪

♪ That he had laid down before me ♪

♪ So I rattled off five Hank Williams songs in a row ♪

♪ And then another three

♪ When I reached $300 worth, I kinda had to, you know ♪

♪ Stop and catch my breath

♪ And everybody in that whole joint was yelling out ♪

♪ All their favorite Hank Williams requests ♪

♪ Well, they said, Hey, Good Lookin', Honky Tonkin' ♪

♪ So Lonesome I Could Cry

♪ Rootie Tootie, honey, baby, No Teardrops Tonight ♪

♪ I played that Ramblin' Man from Alabam ♪

♪ Well, with the help of everybody in the bar that night ♪

♪ I sang 24

♪ He was telling how good a job I was doing ♪

♪ As he was stuffing hundred-dollar bills in my tip jar ♪

♪ But he only had 575 bucks on him ♪

♪ That didn't bother me

♪ Hell, he paid 23 of them suckers ♪

♪ He could Jambalaya for free

♪ Well, now all that happened many, many years ago ♪

♪ And since then, I done all right, I guess ♪

♪ I make a living doing what I love ♪

♪ And that's a measure of true success ♪

♪ But I can't help, every now and again ♪

♪ In the dark of the night, I'm thinking how ♪

♪ Man, I sure could use that other $25 about right now ♪

♪ 'Cause I sang Hey, Good Lookin', Honky Tonkin' ♪

♪ So Lonesome I Could Cry

♪ Rootie Tootie, honey, baby, No Teardrops Tonight ♪

♪ I played that Ramblin' Man from Alabam ♪

♪ Well, I said, I can't help it ♪

♪ Long gone daddy, don't you love me like you used to do ♪

♪ Oh, howdy, morning, whistle blow ♪

♪ And lonesome, lonesome blues

♪ I played that Ramblin' Man from Alabam ♪

-Whoa, yeah. -(audience cheering)

That's a true story.

"Hey Joe."

♪ Hey, Joe

♪ Where'd you get that pearly-girly ♪

♪ Where'd you get that jolly-dolly ♪

♪ How'd you rate that dish I wish was mine ♪

♪ Hey, Joe

♪ She's got skin so creamy-dreamy ♪

♪ Eyes that look so lovey-dovey ♪

♪ Lips as red as cherry-berry wine ♪

♪ Now, come on, Joe, I ain't no heel ♪

♪ But, old buddy, let me tell you how I feel ♪

♪ She's a cutie, she's a honey pie ♪

♪ I'm warning you, I'm gonna try to steal her from you ♪

♪ Hey, Joe

♪ Though we've been the best of friends ♪

♪ This is where our friendship ends ♪

♪ I gotta have that dolly for my own ♪

♪ All right

♪ Hey, Joe

♪ Come on, let's be buddy-duddy ♪

♪ Show me you're my palsy-walsy ♪

♪ Introduce that pretty little chick to me ♪

♪ Hey, Joe

♪ Quit that waiting, hesitating ♪

♪ Let me at her, what's the matter ♪

♪ You're as slow as any Joe can be ♪

♪ Now, come on, Joe, let's make a deal ♪

♪ Let me dance with her to see if she is real ♪

♪ She's the cutest thing I've ever seen ♪

♪ I'll tell you face to face I mean to steal her from you ♪

♪ Hey, Joe

♪ Though we've been the best of friends ♪

♪ This looks like the end, my friend ♪

♪ I gotta have that dolly for my own ♪

Yeah, buddy!

(audience cheering)

That's some "Grand Ole Opry" music.

One, two, a one, two.

("Take These Chains from My Heart")

♪ Take these chains from my heart and set me free ♪

♪ You've grown cold and no longer care for me ♪

♪ All my faith in you is gone

♪ But those heartaches linger on ♪

♪ Take these chains from my heart and set me free ♪

♪ Take these tears from my eyes and let me see ♪

♪ Just a spark of the love that used to be ♪

♪ Then if you no longer care for the love that's being there ♪

♪ Take these chains from my heart and set me free ♪

♪ Show my heart just a spark of sympathy ♪

♪ Be as fair to my heart as you can be ♪

♪ If you love somebody new, let me find a new love too ♪

♪ Take these chains from my heart and set me free ♪

♪ Take these chains from my heart and set me free ♪

♪ You've grown cold and no longer care for me ♪

♪ All my faith in you is gone

♪ But those heartaches linger on ♪

♪ Take these chains from my heart and set me free ♪

-Yeah! -(audience applauding)

Well, let's keep it going.

♪ I went down to the river to watch the fish swim by ♪

♪ Well, I got to that river

♪ So lonesome, I wanted to die, oh, Lord ♪

♪ Then I jumped in the river, but the doggone river was dry ♪

♪ Now she's long gone

♪ Now I'm lonesome blue

♪ Well, I had me a woman, she couldn't be true ♪

♪ She made me for my money and she made me blue ♪

♪ A man needs a woman that he can lean on ♪

♪ But my leaning post done left and gone ♪

♪ Now she's long gone

♪ Now I'm lonesome blue

Come on, Carco.

♪ I'm gonna find me a river, one that's cold as ice ♪

♪ When I find me that river

♪ Lord, I'm gonna pay the price, oh, lord ♪

♪ I'm going down in it three times ♪

♪ Oh, I'm only coming up twice

♪ Now she's long gone

♪ Now I'm lonesome blue

♪ Well, she told me on Sunday she was checking me out ♪

♪ Oh, long about Monday, she was nowhere about ♪

♪ But here it is Tuesday, ain't had no news ♪

♪ I got them gone, but not forgotten blues ♪

♪ 'Cause she's long gone

♪ Now I'm lonesome blue

(audience cheering)

All right, now obviously paying tribute

to that which came before you,

that is very, it's hugely important to you.

It obviously is central to your whole process.

You're just kinda drawn, it seems, to iconic musicians,

figures like Hank Williams.

Sure.

And you mentioned, briefly,

the Sun Records show that you worked on,

that was born out of the "Million Dollar Quartet"

which you actually are still music director on

to some capacity, correct?

Yeah, yeah, I was the music supervisor and music director,

and it was a big Broadway show.

And I went from Lower Broadway in Nashville

to Broadway in New York, and it was weird little trip.

It was just a simple case of me saying yes,

because somebody said, "Hey."

Colin Escott, one of the authors of the show,

a very respected and great music writer

called me up one day and said,

"Have you ever thought about working

"in the musical theater?"

I was like, "Not really.

"I mean, I was in 'Paint Your Wagon' in high school."

(M. laughs)

And he said, "Well, you know, I've written this thing."

And I said, "Well, I know all the music."

And they wanted it to be real rockabilly

instead of somebody in New York's idea of rockabilly,

because you get any sorta country twinged thing

in the hands of some musical directors in the theater

and the thumbs are in the pockets

and suddenly everything's up to date in Kansas City,

and they didn't really want that kind of a thing.

They wanted a real rock and roll show.

So, our show is the only one I can think of

where all the actors,

there's only eight people in the musical,

and four of them are Elvis and Carl Perkins

and Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis,

and they have to act and sing and play like those guys.

And so, it takes a special kinda person to do that,

and it's a different kinda show.

And that show landed you at the Tony Awards, didn't it?

It did.

The guy that played Jerry Lee Lewis, Levi Kreis,

won a Tony for his role in the show.

And there I was sitting at the Tonys.

"What am I doing here?"

(M. laughs)

I went to the party, though.

It was great.

But now, the show, what did you say that it was?

It's not off Broadway, what is it called now?

It's run its course.

We did eight and a half years,

and it's the longest running musical in Chicago history.

And we did five years in Las Vegas,

we did two years in New York on Broadway,

we did a year on the West End in London,

and then four years of a national tour

that hit all the performing arts centers.

"Your Cheatin' Heart," can you do it?

One, two, one.

("Your Cheatin' Heart")

♪ Your cheating heart

♪ Will make you weep

♪ You'll cry and cry

♪ And try to sleep

♪ But sleep won't come

♪ The whole night through

♪ Your cheating heart

♪ Will tell on you

♪ When tears come down

♪ Like falling rain

♪ You'll toss around

♪ And call my name

♪ You'll walk the floor

♪ The way I do

♪ Your cheating heart

♪ Will tell on you

♪ Your cheating heart

♪ Will pine some day

♪ And crave the love

♪ You threw away

♪ The time will come

♪ When you'll be blue

♪ Your cheating heart

♪ Will tell on you

♪ When tears come down

♪ Like falling rain

♪ You'll toss around

♪ And call my name

♪ You'll walk the floor

♪ The way I do

♪ Your cheating heart

♪ Will tell on you

(audience cheering)

Man, you can smell the mule dung again.

Hey, lots of people say that Hank Williams

was probably the first rockabilly guy, don't you think?

I mean, he had the knee going and everything.

Yeah, he was rocking it out,

and he influenced all those guys, Elvis and Carl Perkins,

and everybody that recorded up in Memphis

at the Memphis Recording Service.

So I think we got to do a Carl Perkins,

Perkins Brothers, actually, song

that's just as stone country as it gets.

Are you ready?

Buford, do you want to sing this with me?

I think we did this once before.

-We did. -It come out pretty good,

so let's try it again.

We'll see what happens.

All right, here we go.

("Sure to Fall (in Love with You)")

♪ I'm sure to fall, fall in love ♪

♪ I'm sure to fall in love with you ♪

♪ You are so sweet and we are so near ♪

♪ I'm sure to fall in love with you ♪

♪ So hold me tight

♪ Let tonight be the night

♪ Oh, darling, don't ever let me go ♪

♪ For loving you is the natural thing to do ♪

♪ I want you for the rest of my life ♪

♪ So hold me tight

♪ Let tonight be the night

♪ Oh, darling, don't ever let me go ♪

♪ For loving you is a natural thing to do ♪

♪ I want you for the rest of my life ♪

-(Chuck laughs) -(audience cheering)

Hillbilly son.

♪ Well, I left my home down on the rural route ♪

♪ I told my pa I'm going stepping out ♪

♪ To get them honky-tonk blues

♪ Yeah, the honky-tonk blues

♪ Well, Lord, I got them

♪ I got the honky-tonk blues

♪ Well, I went to a dance and I wore out my shoes ♪

♪ Woke up this morning wishing I could lose ♪

♪ Them jumping honky-tonk blues ♪

♪ Yeah, the honky-tonk blues

♪ Well, Lord, I got them

♪ I got the honky-tonk blues

All right, Carco.

♪ Well, I've been in and out of every place in town ♪

♪ This city life has really got me down ♪

♪ I got them honky-tonk blues

♪ Yeah, the jumping honky-tonk blues ♪

♪ Well, Lord, I'm traveling

♪ I wear them honky-tonk blues

♪ I'm gonna pack my worries underneath my arm ♪

♪ Scat right back to my pappy's farm ♪

♪ And leave them honky-tonk blues ♪

♪ Yeah, the honky-tonk blues

♪ Well, Lord, I got them

♪ I got the honky-tonk blues

♪ I'm gonna pack my worries underneath my arms ♪

♪ Scat right back to my pappy's farm ♪

♪ And leave them honky-tonk blues ♪

♪ Yeah, the honky-tonk blues

♪ Well, Lord, I got them

♪ I got the honky-tonk blues

(audience cheering)

One more?

One more!

"Jambalaya."

("Jambalaya")

One, two, one, two.

♪ Now, goodbye, Joe, me got to go, me, oh, my, oh ♪

♪ Me got to go, pole the pirogue down the bayou ♪

♪ My Yvonne, the sweetest one, me, oh, my, oh ♪

♪ Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou ♪

♪ Jambalaya, the crawfish pie, filet gumbo ♪

♪ Because tonight I'm gonna see my ♪

(singing in foreign language)

♪ Pick guitar, fill fruit jar, and be gay-o ♪

♪ Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou ♪

♪ Oh, Thibodaux, Fontaineaux, the place is buzzing ♪

♪ Kinfolk come to see Yvonne by the dozen ♪

♪ Dressed in style, go hog wild, me, oh, my, oh ♪

♪ Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou ♪

♪ Jambalaya, the crawfish pie, filet gumbo ♪

♪ Because tonight I'm gonna see my ♪

(singing in foreign language)

♪ Pick guitar, fill fruit jar, and be gay-o ♪

♪ Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou ♪

♪ Yeah

♪ Oh, settle down far from town, get me a pirogue ♪

♪ I'm gonna catch all the fish down in the bayou ♪

♪ Get some mon to get Yvonne what she need-o ♪

♪ Son of a gun, we're gonna have big fun on the bayou ♪

♪ Jambalaya, the crawfish pie, filet gumbo ♪

♪ Because tonight I'm gonna see my ♪

(singing in foreign language)

♪ Oh, pick guitar, fill fruit jar, and be gay-o ♪

♪ Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou ♪

♪ Oh, son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou ♪

♪ Jambalaya, we'll have big fun on the bayou ♪

(vocalizing)

(audience cheering)

[M.] Ladies and gentlemen, with a special tribute

to the legendary Alabama native, Hank Williams,

Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys.

Thank you for joining us tonight

on a very special "Muscle Shoals to Music Row Live."

(audience cheering)

Where's that coming from?

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