In 1950, Williams began recording as "Luke the
Drifter" for his religious-themed recordings, many of which are
recitations rather than singing. Fearful that disc jockeys and jukebox
operators would hesitate to accept these unusual recordings, Williams used this
alias to avoid hurting the marketability of his name. Although the real
identity of Luke the Drifter was supposed to be anonymous, Williams often
performed part of the material of the recordings on stage. Most of the material
was written by Williams, in cases with the help of Fred Rose and his son
Wesley. The songs depicted Luke the Drifter traveling around from place to
place, narrating stories from different characters and philosophizing about
life. Some of the compositions were accompanied by a pipe organ.
Hank Williams g, v / Jerry Rivers fiddle / Don Helms steel g
/ Chet Atkins elec g / probably Jack Shook acoustic g / Ernie Newton b.
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