Lefty Frizzell

by Charles Reece

 

Other than Hank Williams, no singer is more closely identified with, or more directly responsible for, the sound of classic country than Lefty Frizzell. The themes of cheating, rambling and boozing were all well-established by the time he arrived on the scene, but the laid-back delivery in which he would slide between notes on a single vowel with that slightly nasal tenor of his has become the most readily identified style of the genre. He applied a crooner’s versatility to the hard country sounds and subject matter of the honky-tonk. What became abstracted generic... Read More

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