Holly Williams, daughter of Hank Williams Jr. and half sister of Hank Williams III, signed the petition to Reinstate Hank Williams into the Grand Ole Opry after a show in Paradiso, Amsterdam earlier this week. After playing a set that included the Hank Sr. songs “I Saw The Light” and “I’m so Lonesome I Could Cry,” Holly was approached by Reinstate Hank lieutenant Restless in Amsterdam who asked her to sign. Holly’s new husband and backing musician Chris Coleman signed as well.
Though not a big commercial success, Holly’s latest album Here With Me has had some critical acclaim, with The Boot naming it the #3 album of 2009, and The 9513.com calling it the #96 album of the decade.
Aside from Hank III who began the movement to Reinstate Hank, Holly is the only other direct blood relation to Hank Sr. to sign the petition. Hank Jr. has not signed, but recently after appearing at The Opry on January 8th, Hank Jr. sent Hank III a text message saying “I’m done with the Opry.” Hank III had been pleading with his father not to make the appearance to protest The Opry’s stance on not reinstating Hank Sr. Holly performed at The Opry on January 8th as well.