About the list: Hank Williams was "gothic country" long before the genre existed. Williams died in 1953 at the age of 29, from heart failure exacerbated by pills and alcohol. He wrote so many great songs. Hank Williams influence on dark country music can not be overstated.



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The Angel of Death / Redemption & Ruin




The Devil Makes Three

“When the angel of death comes down after you / Can you smile and say that you have been true? / Can you truthfully say with your dying breath? / That you're ready to meet the angel of death”.








Alone and Forsaken / Folklore (2002)



16 Horsepower

The mother of almost all gothic country bands didn't hesitate to make a cover of this song. The result is, of course, astonishing. "Oh, where can she be / She may have forsaken some other like me".








Ramblin' Man / How We Prospered 





Strawfoot's version of this song is fierce and bombastic "I love you baby, but you gotta understand / When the lord made me, he made a ramblin' man." Strawfoot knew their stuff.





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 Lost Highway / Sacttered




 The Handsome Family

The Handsome Family made this compilation of demos, outtakes and rarities. They chose to cover this song. "Oh the day we met, I went astray / I started rolling down that lost highway".  





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Alone and Forsaken / In Life We Can't Be Free 





Highlonesome is another band who made a cover of this song. Sung forcefully with empathy. "I wonder, I wonder, what she`s thinking of / Forsaken, forgotten, without any love."  





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Kaw-Liga / Bless This Mess




Jayke Orvis & the Broken Band

If you have something on your mind, speak up or else you will end up like this wooden indian. "Kaw-Liga - A, just stands there as lonely as can be / And wishes he was still an old pine tree."  




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 Ramblin'  Man / I Hate People





Reverend Elvis and the Undead Syncopators 

Reverend Elvis made a very unorthodox cover of this song. "Sometimes it's hard but you gotta understand / When the lord made me, he made a ramblin' man".





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I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry / The Legend of the Undead




Reverend Elvis 

The good Reverend Elvis is extremely quality minded and isn't afraid do make his own versions of old songs. "And as I wonder where you are / I'm so lonesome I could cry".







I Saw the Light / Dead Dog on a Highway




The Dad Horse Experience

"I wandered so aimless life filled with sin / I wouldn't let my dear saviour in / Then Jesus came like a stranger in the night / Praise the Lord I saw the light". This is also just what happened to Dad Horse.







The Angel of Death / PunK




Reverend Elvis and the Undead Syncopators

This version is the complete opposite of The Devil Makes Three version. Well, what do you expect from a reverend in a ski mask? A cacophonic punk version perhaps.