Hank Williams Jr.
Hank Williams Jr.’s music has long been a barometer reflecting both our nation's challenges and the resilience of the human spirit.
Randall Hank was born May 26, 1949, one month before his legendary father made his landmark first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. His father nicknamed him "Bocephus" after the ventriloquist dummy used by country comedian Rod Brasfield. He was only 3 when his father died in 1952. Eight years later his mother was coaxing him on stage to sing his daddy's songs, urging him to continue the legacy. He made his Opry debut at age 11. By the time he was 14, Williams was in the studio recording his debut album.
What followed in the years since has been a whirlwind ride during which the younger Williams successfully emerged from his famous father's shadow, forging a career of his own. He managed to create music that resonated with the same gut-wrenching emotion that marked his father's best work, yet beyond that he left little room for comparison as he blazed a trail.
Those familiar with his legend know it hasn't been an easy road. Every life and career has its peaks and valleys, but Williams has had more than his share. When he sings "A Country Boy Can Survive," there's an authority in his voice, because he's done just that. He literally fell from a mountain top, yet lived to tell the tale. He's battled his own demons and now on the other side of 50, it's obvious he has been the victor.
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