Best Of 2020

Best Cincinnati-Recorded Songs Celebrating 70th Anniversaries: “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and “Foggy Mountain Breakdown"

The recording studios run by E. T. Herzog on Race Street in downtown Cincinnati were especially hopping seven decades ago. In 2019, Herzog Music (the instruments-and-more shop that operates on the ground floor of the studio’s former building) and the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation (which is headquartered in the same building and in the same space Herzog’s studios operated) hosted events to celebrate the 70th anniversary of two huge and important songs that were recorded at the studio. In March, they honored the second of two sessions music icon Hank Williams did at the space. In August of 1949, Williams laid down, among other songs, the stone-cold classic “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” Just five months later, Flatt & Scruggs were at the recording studio to record “Foggy Mountain Breakdown,an eventual Bluegrass staple that NPR deemed one of the 100 most important musical works in American music history. Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation, takingyoutothebridge.org; Herzog Music, 811 Race St., Downtown, herzogmusic.com.