Live snapshots of country legends in their prime

BILL MONROE
BILL MONROE

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Here’s an image you won’t forget. It’s of Hank Williams, one of the granddaddies of country music, captured in an old black-and-white video and decked out in his finest backwoods bling: white cowboy hat and long jacket emblazoned with musical notes. His knees knock, his eyes twinkle as he stares into the camera, and his mouth contorts with a twang while he sings a familiar refrain.

Hey, good lookin’

What’cha got cookin’?

How’s about cookin’ somethin’ up with me?

It’s a rare snapshot of Williams, who’s at the heart of “You Are There,” a new DVD compilation featuring live television performances of early country musicians between 1952 and ’54.

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