In about a week, Hank Williams III will be hitting the road on an East Coast tour, and for the first time in a long time he won’t be carrying an opening band.
With one of the biggest and most loyal fan bases in non-mainstream country, Hank III’s opening slot has been coveted for years, but recently it has been controversial. Months before a West Coast/Texas tour this past Spring, Lucky Tubb was saying he was promised the opening spot that eventually was given to former football player Kyle Turley. Then earlier in the summer on a stint of show back home after a Canadian tour, opener Izzy Cox was kicked off mid trip for unprofessional behavior.
Now apparently Hank III would rather not deal with that can of worms, and will ride solo. But with a show that usually lasts about 2 ½ hours and includes 3 quite different sets of music, it’s hard to say an opening band will be missed. However for artists like Lucky Tubb and Those Poor Bastards who have used that opening slot to create loyal fan bases of their own, and for up and coming bands that might have been eyeing that opening slot, this news is tough.