Hank Jr. Raises Funds for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. On December 6th in Nashville, TN at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Hank Williams Jr. concluded a four year exhibition, Family Tradition: The Williams Family Legacy, with a sold-out concert. The exhibit originally opened in March 2008, and was scheduled to close in December 2009. However, it was met with overwhelming popularity becoming the most acclaimed exhibition in the museum’s history. So, organizers extended the close date by two whole years. Williams’ concert included a solo acoustic performance of his own hits like “A Country Boy Can Survive,” “Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound” and “The Blues Man”, music from his upcoming album, and classic from his father and personal favorites like Cash and Jennings. The concert raised a substantial sum, precisely $75,000 that would be donated to the Hall of Fame and Museum. Additionally, Williams announced that many of the artifacts that were a part of the exhibit would be donated to the museum archives. Special guests included members of his own family, wife, Mary Jane, daughters Hilary and Holly and son Sam, as well as Jessi Colter, her son Shooter Jennings and Jamey Johnson.
Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Hank Jr. Are Center Stage In Episode 5 of Takin’ a Break with HaleighT! This week HaleighT is chatting about the recent goings-on surrounding 3 people who used to be the biggest thing in country music, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Hank Williams Jr. All three have quite a lot going right now, from new music to court battles! So, tune in to hear HaleighT’s take on it! Watch Episode 5 Now! [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9R0OoAkMoM]
Hank Williams Jr Controversy Sparks 1st Amendment Concerns and Inspires A New Song. Recently, Hank Williams Jr. sat down on Fox‘s Hannity for an interview. In this interview, he made the unfortunate choice of comparing President Barack Obama playing golf with House Speaker John Boehner to Hitler playing golf with the Israeli Prime Minister. As a result of his comments, Williams’ popular and arguably iconic opening theme for the “Monday Night Football” broadcast was suspended from the October 3rd Indianapolis-Tampa Bay game. Following this temporary suspension, the choice was made to pull the theme song permanently. Both ESPN and Hank Williams Jr. have made official statements claiming that the removal was their choice. Either way, the theme song which has represented Monday Night Football for over two decades has been retired. Since this series of events unfolded, several individuals have made a point of throwing in their two cents on the issue. Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg of The View came to Williams defense, citing 1st Amendment rights violations. On the other hand, Hank Williams III told TMZ that his father was not worthy of a political discussion and should have just kept his mouth shut. I am inclined to agree with Joy and Whoopi on this one. I do not agree with the content of Williams’ statements, and I certainly do not believe that President Obama is the enemy. The choice of Hitler as a comparison is wholly inaccurate and a little ridiculous. Yet, the sentiment of his statement is, I think, representative of the disconnection many Americans feel from the political system which is supposedly representative of them, but seems only to be failing. In a revision of his inflammatory initial statements, Hank clarifies his point of view in a more constructive way. “My analogy was extreme — but it was to make a point. I was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me — how ludicrous that pairing was. They’re polar opposites, and it made no sense. They don’t see eye-to-eye and never will. I have always respected the office of the president…Working class people are hurting — and it doesn’t seem like anybody cares. When both sides are high-fiving it on the ninth hole when everybody else is without a job, it makes a whole lot of us angry.” – Hank Williams Jr. At the end of the day, however, his statements are not really the issue. The problem is Hank was sanctioned for statements he made unrelated to ESPN, Monday Night Football or football at all. ESPN’s suspension and ultimate removal of the theme song was a completely inappropriate knee jerk reaction to statements they really have no jurisdiction to officially respond to in the first place. Had ESPN released a statement suggesting Hank Williams Jr.’s statements were not representative of the organization, that would have been a much more appropriate response. This is essentially what they are demonstrating by removing the theme song. Hank, or any other American citizen, has the Continue reading Hank Williams Jr Keeps The Change
After a long lockout of negotiations and speculations, NFL teams are back in business and the box offices are raking it in! This weekend football fans all across the country are clamoring the box office nearest them to get the best seats in the house for their favorite NFL Teams, the whole while I am sitting at home scratching my head. How did we get to the place where a backyard sport entitled a person to months of lockout negotiations and mega-million dollar deals over tossing a ball? I understand that a few years of this game is all they’re going to have to support themselves and their families for the rest of their lives, but how many millions does one man need? Anyhow, now that deals have been reached and everyone’s getting what they wanted, here are some games that are going on sale this weekend: Missouri Tigers Baltimore Ravens Tampa Bay Buccaneers Buffalo Bills Houston Texans St Louis Rams Cleveland Browns
The Rowdy Friends Tour featuring Hank Williams Jr and Gretchen Wilson adds new fall dates! Hank Williams Jr and friends Jamey Johnson, Gretchen Wilson, Eric Church and more have added new fall dates to the Rowdy Friends tour. Sept 17 – Evansville, IN – Roberts Stadium – w/ Eric Church, and Sunny Sweeney Sept 18 – Roanoke, VA – Roanoke Civic Center – w/ Eric Church and Sunny Sweeney Sept 24 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Arena – w/ Eric Church, Gretchen Wilson, and Lee Brice Sept 25 – Macon, GA – Macon Coliseum – w/ Gretchen Wilson and Lee Brice Oct 1 – Birmingham, AL – BJCC Arena – w/ Jamey Johnson, Colt Ford, Josh Thompson, and The Grascals Oct 2 – Little Rock, AR – Verizon Wireless Arena – w/ Jamey Johnson, Colt Ford, Josh Thompson and The Grascals Oct 8 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center – w/ Jamey Johnson, Colt Ford, Josh Thompson, and The Grascals Oct 9 – Fairfax, VA – Patriot Center – w/ Jamey Johnson, Colt Ford, and Josh Thompson Oct 15 – Southaven, MS – DeSoto Civic Center – w/ Jamey Johnson, Colt Ford, Josh Thompson, and The Grascals Oct 16 – Jackson, MS – Mississippi Coliseum – w/ Jamey Johnson, Colt Ford, Josh Thompson, and The Grascals Oct 22 – Reading, PA – Sovereign Center – w/ Jamey Johnson, Colt Ford, and Josh Thompson Oct 23 – Raleigh, NC – R.B.C. Center – w/ Jamey Johnson, Colt Ford, and Josh Thompson Tickets for the shows announced will go on sale throughout July and August. Additional guests on the tour include Colt Ford, Josh Thompson, Sunny Sweeney, and The GrascalsCountry Music Photo Gallery
Tickets on Sale for Celebration of Music and Motorsports with Hank Williams Jr., Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chris Young, Kyle Petty, and many more! For the fifth consecutive year, the worlds of country music and NASCAR will collide in Music City for Sprint Sound & Speed Presented by SunTrust on Jan. 8-9, 2010. Since its inception, the event has attracted an estimated 40,000 fans and has raised more than $800,000 for Victory Junction (a year-round camping experience founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty for children, ages 6-16, with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses) and the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Some of the greatest names in country music will kick off the two-day event at the Grand Ole Opry when Sprint Sound & Speed Presented by SunTrust hits the stage of the Ryman Auditorium on Friday, Jan. 8. The special night of music will include two shows, 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., with Hank Williams Jr. (9:30 p.m. show ), Chris Young, a special performance from NASCAR legend Kyle Petty and his band, and more artists soon to be added. There will also be appearances featuring Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Greg Biffle and Kasey Kahne and others, during the Friday night event. On Saturday, Jan. 9 the event continues at Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium, where fans of racing and country music will have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with drivers, team owners, and top-name artists for autographs, story-telling, and question-and-answer sessions. The fan event will feature show car and sponsor displays, as well as a charitable auction with memorabilia from the racing and entertainment industries. Among the NASCAR stars scheduled to appear are Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Michael Waltrip, Clint Bowyer, Reed Sorenson, and David Stremme, along with country music stars Jason Michael Carroll, Josh Turner, members of Diamond Rio, and Chris Young with more drivers and country music artists joining the star-studded line-up in the coming weeks. Tickets for the Opry at the Ryman shows on Friday, Jan. 8 (ranging from $32 to $54) and the festival on Jan. 9 ($20 for adults and $12 for children) are on sale and are available through TicketMaster (ticketmaster.com) and at opry.com. Combination tickets, good for the Opry and the festival, will go on sale Dec. 2 and range from $55 to $69. Visit www.soundandspeed.org for more information and updates.Country Music Photo Gallery
All his rowdy friends have settled down, but Hank Jr is still tearin’ it up! The legendary Bocephus said it best… “All my rowdy friends have settled down, and they seem to be more in to laid back songs”. While the rest of country music’s stars are playing it safe, Hank Williams Jr is still raising eyebrows, whiskey bottles and raucous ruckus! Hank Jr’s rise to epic idol stature started with him continuing his father’s legacy, but it wasn’t until the mid-70’s when he broke away from the familial mold to create a sound that was all his own that country music fans really took notice. He let his southern rock influence seep out when he released his 1975 album “Hank Williams Jr and Friends“. After that point Bocephus would become the poster picture of rebel country, singing about drinking, drugs, women, and hard times. You will find no lofty attitudes or false Nashville act here. Only pure country and rock & roll. Hank Jr’s live show has been described as nothing short of “One hell of a party” and his fans have come to expect nothing less. On his current 2008 Rowdy Frynds concert tour, he takes turns closing out the night with classic rock giants Lynyrd Skynyrd in the most anticipated concert of 2008 [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqCtbEGcBBA] For Hank Williams Jr 2008 concert tour dates, artist biographies and event details, please visit our partner site Country Music On TourCountry Music Photo Gallery
After a great success on their last tour, Hank Williams Jr and Lynyrd Skynrd are making plans to hit the road together again for the 2008 Rowdy Frynds tour this spring. The tour will kick off in Hershey, PA and finish off in the birthplace of Lynyrd Skynrd in Jacksonville, FL. “Our following of fans fits together perfectly,” says Skynyrd vocalist Johnny Van Zant, also a member with brother Donnie in the country duo Van Zant. “We can’t wait to get back out there and have some fun.” “Last year was incredible,” Hank Jr. adds. “How could we not get together for another round?!” 2008 Rowdy Frynds Tour Dates: April 4 Hershey, Pa. Giant Center April 5 Cincinnati, Ohio US Bank Arena April 11 Cleveland, Ohio Wolstein Center April 12 Columbus, Ohio Nationwide Arena April 18 Chicago, Ill. Sears Centre April 19 Detroit, Mich. The Palace of Auburn Hills April 25 Lafayette, La. Cajundome April 26 Shreveport, La. CenturyTel Center May 2 Atlanta, Ga. The Arena at Gwinnett Center May 3 Biloxi, Miss. Mississippi Coast Coliseum May 9 Greensboro, N.C. Coliseum Complex May 10 Knoxville, Tenn. Thompson-Boling Arena May 16 Charlottesville, Va. John Paul Jones Arena May 17 Pittsburgh, Pa. Mellon Arena May 30 Lexington, Kent. Rupp Arena May 31 Charlotte, N.C. Bobcat Arena June 6 Memphis, Tenn. Fed-Ex Forum June 7 Enterprise, Ala. Bama Jam June 13 Marion, S.C. Marion County Country Music Festival June 14 Jacksonville, Fla. Veterans Memorial ColiseumCountry Music Photo Gallery