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Plenty of rock fans really dig the blues and southern rock sounds of Hank Williams Jr. who will be co-headlining with Chris Stapleton this summer. With only eight shows scheduled they will certainly be packed with loyal fans from far and wide, yet many fans will have to wait to see these country heroes live. Their website is full of requests for more tour dates, and easier access to tickets that will be in high demand.
Rick Lancaster recently had the opportunity to ask ol’ Bocephus a few questions about himself, his music and career.
Rick: What is your favorite place to hunt/fish?
Hank: Well, I have a few. I go big game hunting at my place in Victor, Montana. I take lots of young boys and girls hunting for their first deer or turkey in West Tennessee or in Troy, Alabama. And when I wanna go deep sea fishing, I hear to Apalachicola, Florida.
Rick: How was it to play with Johnny Cash in Detroit at Cobo Hall in 1969?
Hank: Well, you have to remember. Momma and June were very close friends and she was actually my Godmother. Lots of people don’t realize that at all. So Johnny and June were very special people to me. When I fell of the mountain in 1975 there were only a few people that came to the hospital to see me and they were two of them. So anytime I performed with Johnny it was great.
Rick: How did you feel when the NFL used “all my rowdy friends” for the theme to Monday Night Football?
Hank: That was a one year deal that turned into something very special. It all came about because that song was hot at the time and the President of ABC Sports son happened to be driving in the car with his father when he mentioned they were looking for a song. That young boy said ‘hey dad, listen to this,’ and the rest is history.
Rick: You’ve done songs with Kid Rock and later became friends. How was it to work with him and hang with him outside of the music world?
Hank: Bobby “Rock” as I call him, is like a family member. We have known each other a long time, we both hunt and fish and own property in Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee so we stay connected pretty well. He likes to do lots of the same things I like to do, so it works out great.
Rick: Do you approve on your son Hank lll music as far as Assjack metal?
Hank: All my kid are talented and I want them to be happy. Not everyone liked it when I branched out and did songs that were not daddy’s. So as long as he is happy with the music he makes, I support that for sure.
Rick: Your favorite place to play on tour?
Hank: I only do 25 shows a year, so I am a lucky guy. I can pretty much play where I want to, when I want to, and for whom I want to. So I really don’t have on place that is my favorite, I just like to play for the fans.
Rick: What is your current gear set up on the road?
Hank: Hell, I don’t know. I leave that to the crew to make it all work.
Rick: What is your favorite song to play live of yours and Hank Sr.?
Hank: Again, I really don’t have favorites. When you write so many songs, you can’t just pick one. I do lots of them in the shows like Family Tradition, A Country Boy Can Survive, Outlaw Woman, and Dixie On My Mind. So I hope people that come to the shows like the songs I choose that night.
We agree Hank! we love to hear the hits, but there’s so many good ones it’s hard to pick a favorite as a fan too! keep that rockin’ country going and we hope to see on the road soon.
You can catch up with Hank Williams Jr. and Chris Stapleton on these dates.
Aug. 5 – Tampa, Fla. @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Aug. 6 – West Palm Beach, Fla. @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Aug. 12 – Houston, Texas @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
Aug. 13 – Austin, Texas @ Austin360 Amphitheater
Aug. 19 – Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Cleveland) @ Blossom Music Center
Aug. 20 – Clarkston, Mich. @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 26 – Noblesville, Ind. (Indianapolis) @ Klipsch Music Center
Aug. 27 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Riverbend Music Center