Watch A Young LeAnn Rimes Sing ‘I’m So Lonesome, I Could Cry’

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It was originally recorded by none other than Hank Williams Sr. back in 1949, but there might be no better rendition of “I’m So Lonesome, I Could Cry” than the version sung by a young and relatively green LeAnn Rimes.

As haunting as it was at the time to see a young woman of LeAnn’s age sing something so deeply personal, it was moving nonetheless. Hank Sr. was a revolutionary having produced it with a direct, personal touch that wasn’t yet felt in country music during a time of uptempo songs that permeated through radio and television.

It has since been covered numerous times, by Country Music Hall of Famers and living legends alike. But Rimes captures the essence of “I’m So Lonesome, I Could Cry” just as beautifully as anybody.

It’s clear from the beginning, when she sings its opening lines: “Hear that lonesome whip-poor-will — he sounds too blue to fly,” blue lyrics to be sure, set against a blue stage with backup musicians helping her chorus along splendidly.

Watch as LeAnn Rimes sings her version of “I’m So Lonesome, I Could Cry.”