There are many incredibly important legacy families to the country music lineage, from the Carter’s to the Cash’s. But arguably no crop of performers have offered more entertainment, influence, intrigue, and tragedy than the family tree that sprouts from the loins of Hank Williams.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has partnered with Google to bring the Family Tradition exhibit to life once again, and do so online so anyone in the world with an internet device can explore the lives, legacies, and artifacts of country music’s most recognized family.
The complete cast of the upcoming I Saw The Light Hank Williams biopic is beginning to take shape as the movie is set to begin filming in Louisiana this week. Joining Tom Hiddleston playing Hank Williams, Elizabeth Olsen playing Audrey Williams, and Maddie Hasson as Billie Jean Horton, are four more actors playing important roles, announced yesterday by The Hollywood Reporter.
Audrey Williams, Billie Jean Horton, Bobbie Jett, cast, David Krumholtz, Dore Schray, Elizabeth Olsen, Hank Williams, I Saw The Light, James Dolan, James DuMont, Jett Williams, Josh Pais, Maddie Hasson, Tom Hiddleston, WB Nolan, Wrenn Schmidt
For the second time in three months, one of country music’s most famous daughters has been arrested for DUI in Wilson County, TN, east of Nashville. She was stopped Friday May 9th at 11 PM, and was arrested for both DUI and for Violation of Implied Consent, meaning she refused to submit to a sobriety test. She was released Saturday morning on a $1,500 bond.
Country music isn’t just a genre of music, it is a musical religion, a way of life, a cultural lineage passed down from generation to generation and preserved through the blood and bond of its performers and fans. That’s why it seems country music performers so very often tend to turn out to be the parents of country music performers themselves.
Amy Nelson, Ben Haggard, Billy Joe Shaver, Bobby Bare, Bobby Bare Jr., Carlene Carter, Cathy Guthrie, Chelsea Crowell, David Allan Coe, Eddie Shaver, Folk Uke, George Jones, Georgette Jones, Hank Williams, Hank Williams III, Hank Williams Jr., Hank3, Holly Williams, Jesse Keith Whitley, Jessi Coulter, Jett Williams, Jody Payne, John Carter Cash, John Hiatt, Jubal Lee Young, June Carter, Justin Townes Earle, Lilly Hiatt, Lucas Hubbard, Lucky Tubb, Lukas Nelson, Merle Haggard, Pam Tillis, Paula Nelson, Rosanne Cash, Roy Nichols, Sammi Smith, Shel Silverstein, Shelli Coe, Shooter Jennings, Steve Earle, Steve Young, Tammy Wynette, Terrye Newkirk, Tyler Mahan Coe, Waylon Jennings, Waylon Payne, Whey Jennings, Willie Nelson
Yes ladies and gentlemen, just when you thought you heard the last note of music from the legendary Hank Williams, yet another collection of recordings has surfaced from the Hillbilly Shakespeare called The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 to be released by Omnivore Records on May 20th. The 24 tracks haven’t been heard by the public in 64 years, and will be made available on CD, LP, and vinyl.
Jett Williams, the daughter of country legend Hank Williams Sr. and the half-sister of Hank Williams Jr., was arrested early Tuesday morning for DUI in Lebanon, Tennessee. The 61-year-old Jett Williams Adkinson was observed by Lebanon police swerving in between lanes in a 1998 Jaguar when police pulled her over at 2:30 AM. According to police, Jett smelled of alcohol, and had slurred speech.
One of the last man to see country music legend Hank Williams alive, is now dead. Charles Carr, the young driver hired to take Hank Williams from Montgomery, AL to a show in Canton, OH, died after a brief illness at his home in Montgomery. He was 79-years-old. Hank’s daughter Jett Williams has since clarified the famed last ride story, saying that Charles Carr was not the only one in the Hank’s Cadillac when he died.
It was 60 years ago today that the legendary Hank Williams passed away in the back seat of his powder blue Cadillac in Oak Hill, West Virginia en route to a performance in Charleston, W. Va. Hank died of heart failure thought to be brought on by the combination of alcohol, pills, and morphine administered for an ailing back, but the death continues to be shrouded in some mystery to this day.
Jett Williams, the daughter of Hank Williams and co-executor of his estate was interviewed by Joshua Morningstar. Jett had some interesting things to say about the Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams project that matched unfinished Hank songs with contemporary performers, and also clarified some information about the circumstances surrounding her father’s death.
For years, the principals of the Hank Williams estate (Hank Jr. and Jett) were warring back and forth, and this kept the treasure trove of Hank Williams’ legacy recordings relegated to bootlegs and listening parties for the select few with access to the Acuff/Rose archive. But the last couple of years have seen a dizzying dump of previously-unheard material from country’s first superstar.
Time Life and the Hank Williams estate have announced the release of another collection of rare recordings from the Hillbilly Shakespeare, Hank Williams: The Legend Begins due out September 13th on a 3-disc set. The first CD called “Rare & Unreleased” includes the earliest recordings of Hank Williams, from 1938 when he was only 15-year-old…
When the Family Tradition exhibit in the Country Music Hall of Fame opened in March of 2008, covering the lives and careers of Hank Sr., Jr., III, Hilly, Holly, and Jett, it was scheduled to close on Decemeber 31, 2009. Nearly a year later it is still going strong, kept alive by popular demand and critical acclaim, and now it is expanding.
When Hank Williams III’s album Damn Right, Rebel Proud went to #2 in the charts last year, this was a significant development in the movement to Reinstate Hank Williams to the Grand Ole Opry because of the first track, “The Grand Ole Opry (Ain’t So Grand),” was a song protesting the Grand Ole Opry’s stance. […]