Gone but not forgotten, the great Hank Williams, Sr., is remembered and celebrated by this group of talented musicians from West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. John Lilly, of Charleston, West Virginia, and Rob McNurlin, originally from Ashland, Kentucky, and now making his home in Nashville, Tennessee, performed their first Hank Williams Tribute show on New Year's Eve 2002 in Princeton, West Virginia, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Williams' death in Oak Hill, West Virginia. Hank died in the back seat of his Cadillac en route to a 1952 New Year's Eve show in Charleston, West Virginia, and a 1953 New Year's Day show in Canton, Ohio.
Lilly and McNurlin, along with fiddler Buddy Griffin, played that first show to about 25 enthusiastic audience members. Since then, other musicians have joined them, and their audiences have grown to more than 450 people. Hall of Fame steel guitarist Kayton Roberts has been a frequent tribute performer, as have been Grand Ole Opry veteran bass guitarist Roger Carroll, and lead guitarist Ritchie Collins, as well as other musicians and guest artists.
From classics such as "Jambalaya," "Lovesick Blues," and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" to hidden gems like "Pictures from Life's Other Side," "Log Train," and "Pan American," the Hank Williams Tribute band offers a full and satisfying evening of authentic country singing and yodeling, stellar musicianship, and old-fashioned fun and entertainment. Never stilted or contrived, they sing and play from their hearts, as did Hank Williams and his original Drifting Cowboys band. Since the Hank Williams Tribute is only presented one or two times a year, it is always fresh and spontaneous.
Come see for yourself! We are sure you will agree that this is the best Hank Williams Tribute to be seen today!
Saturday, January 3, 8 pm
Hank Williams Tribute
The Clay Center
featuring Rob McNurlin, Kayton Roberts, Buddy Griffin, Roger Carroll and Ritchie Collins