The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is celebrating Hank Williams’ 100th birthday with “Hank’s 100th: A Concert in Celebration of Hank Williams,” presented by Spotify on Sept. 21.
The concert in the museum’s CMA Theater will feature interpretations of Williams’ classics in various styles from Suzy Bogguss, Laura Cantrell, Rodney Crowell, Della Mae, S.G. Goodman, Brennen Leigh, Delbert McClinton, Chuck Mead and Wendy Moten, as well as Hank Williams’ grandchildren Hilary Williams, Holly Williams and Sam Williams, and Country Music Hall of Fame members Charlie McCoy and Connie Smith.
Chris Scruggs will lead the house band for the evening, which will include Billy Contreras, Wes L’Anglois, Jared Manzo and Kenny Vaughan. The show will be presented by Spotify in partnership with the Americana Music Association.
The program is included with AmericanaFest conference registration or museum admission and is free to museum members. A Happy 100th birthday Hank Sr. playlist is now available on Spotify.
Country Music Hall of Fame member Hank Williams scored more than 30 hits in his brief career, including “Hey, Good Lookin’,” “Jambalaya” and “Lovesick Blues,” and wrote many songs now considered country standards. Tony Bennett’s 1951 pop cover of “Cold, Cold Heart” showed the crossover potential of Williams’ songwriting, and over the past seven decades, his music has been recorded by artists in nearly every genre.
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