Start the holiday weekend on Wednesday at 811 Race St. downtown, the one-time home of the Herzog recording studio where Hank Williams' legend was made.
The Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation is presenting the "Hank Williams Holiday Hankerin' at Herzog" party to celebrate the Dec. 22, 1948, recording session that birthed the American music classic “Lovesick Blues,” a song recently inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame alongside The Beatles’ “Penny Lane,” Jackson Five’s “I’ll Be There,” Otis Redding’s “I've Been Loving You Too Long” and several other seminal recordings.
Wednesday’s event begins at 6:30 p.m., and among the guests will be Williams historian and author Brian Turpen, Bootsy and Patti Collins and current Honky Tonk heroes Straw Boss. SOL Records is giving all attendees download cards good for an advanced copy of the Dallas Moore Band and Jody Payne’s "Hank to Thank" live sessions at Herzog back in August. It will also be the public’s first chance to view “the piano next door,” an actual piano that's sat for decades in the apartment building next to the studio, where Williams and other musicians would stay (and play piano). The piano was donated to the CUMHF and now resides in the former Herzog studio space.
Tickets are $9 in advance (get them here) and $10 at the door. Seating capacity is limited to 100. Proceeds will help CUMHF continue its great work of spotlighting Cincinnati’s often unheralded place in music history.