FivePoint Amphitheatre is welcoming all their rowdy friends when Hank Williams Jr. (Hank Jr.), and his special guest Old Crow Medicine, perform on July 21st. The performance is part of his upcoming tour which will start in Alabama on May 12th.
July 21, 2023
Hank Jr. is another country legend that started his career at a very young age. His father, Hank Williams, passed away when Hank Jr. – or Bocephus as he was called by his father – was four years old. He was pressured by his mother to carry on his father’s legacy and was only eight years old when he first started belting out the songs of his father on various stages. In fact, Hank Jr.’s entire career in the early years consisted of simply singing his dad’s music.
Hank Jr. yearned to find his own sound. He collaborated with some of the most renowned Southern rock artists, like Waylon Jennings and Charlie Daniels, and put out his 26th studio album, “Hank Williams Jr. and Friends.” It turned out to be his breakthrough album thanks to hit songs like “Stoned at the Jukebox” and “Can’t You See.”
Not too long after this album, Hank Jr. had a near-fatal incident while climbing Ajax Peak. The result of the fall was two years of intense rehabilitation where he had to relearn how to talk and sing. During this time, he also underwent multiple surgeries, but this didn’t slow him down one bit. He went on to release gold album after gold album – 21 total, in a 13-year period. These albums spawned eight number one hits and 30 top 10 singles, like “A Country Boy Can Survive,” “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight,” and “Family Tradition.”
Hank Jr. was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2020. He’s won four Emmys, one Grammy, and was nominated for seven others. He also received the Johnny Cash Visionary Award and was selected as the Entertainer of the Year by both the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association multiple times.
Currently, Hank Jr.’s tour has 16 stops and there are rumors that more supporting acts may be revealed. The tour supports his 2022 album, “Rich White Honky Blues.” Hank Jr. is known for changing musical instruments seamlessly between the guitar, piano, and fiddle during his sets. Even at age 73, he continues to put on a fantastic show and we have no doubt the upcoming tour will be anything less than amazing.