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Venue

Legacy Arena at the BJCC
Legacy Arena at the BJCC

Date

Friday Apr 05 2024

Time

7:00 pm

Hank Williams Jr.

with special guest Whiskey Myers

As the lone son of Hank Williams, the honky tonk singer whose music shaped the sound of country music in the 20th century, Hank Williams, Jr. happily embraced his “Family Tradition,” as he called it on the hit 1979 single that served as his commercial breakthrough and first step in the creation of his own legacy. Williams recorded music that touched Billboard’s country Top Ten throughout his teenage years; however, in the 70’s he ingeniously merged the swagger of outlaw country and the thunder of country-rock to create his own archetype: the bawdy, rowdy country singer who may be a shade too mean for his own good. He dominated the 1980’s by racking up Top Ten Country singles, eight of which reached number one, including instant classics as “All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down), its counterpart “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” (which served as the theme song to Monday Night Football for years), and “A Country Boy Can Survive.” Hank Jr. remained a steady presence in country music while generating recent comebacks as 2016 album It’s About Time and blues record Rich White Honky Blues in 2022.

Genre-bending band Whiskey Myers have played more than 2,500 live shows to ever-increasing crowd sizes since their emergence in 2007. In addition to headlining their own sold-out shows from coast to coast at iconic venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheater and Ryman Auditorium, plus performing at marquee festivals Bonnaroo, Stagecoach, Download and more, the six-piece was also personally selected to open The Rolling Stones’ Chicago stadium show in 2019. Their latest self-produced album, Tornillo, features the No. 17 most-played Americana song of 2022, “John Wayne,” and follows their fifth studio album. Whiskey Myers, which debuted at No. 1 on both the Country and Americana/Folk sales charts, at No. 2 on the Rock chart and No. 6 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart (No. 3 among new releases). In total, Whiskey Myers have sold more than 1.6 million albums and amassed over 2.25 billion streams while earning six RIAA Gold & Platinum certifications as an independent band. Known for their high-energy live show and unique sound, the band praised by Esquire as “the real damn deal” has also earned synch success with features (and an on-screen appearance) in Paramount’s hit show “Yellowstone” as well as Netflix series “What/If,” Angelina Jolie film “Those Who Wish Me Dead” and CBS series “SEAL Team.” USA Today describes their sound as “a riff-heavy blend of Southern rock and gritty country that has earned comparisons to the Allman Brothers Band and Led Zeppelin,” with Rolling Stone noting “it’s the seminal combination of twang and crunchy rock & roll guitars that hits a perfect sweet spot.”

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