Hank Williams Jr. and Eric Church Rock Out in ‘Are You Ready for the Country’ Video
After a high-energy opening number at the 2015 CMA Awards, Hank Williams Jr. and Eric Church officially released the "Are You Ready for the Country" video, and it’s got all the outlaw attitude you’d expect from the duo.
The legend starts off the video performing with his band in an open-air barn at twilight, rocking his signature shades and hat as he jams out. His swagger is clearly evident as he declares loud and proud: "Are you ready for the country? Are you ready for me?"
On the second verse, Church steps up to a second mic, also donning his trademark aviators, putting just as much personality in his delivery as Williams. Though he’s got a different tone, the artist is an easy choice for the collaboration, as Church possesses the same outlaw sensibility Williams made famous.
A crew shuffles around hay bales, wagon wheels and partitions in the barn around the musicians as they play, until a false backdrop finally falls, revealing the band is playing in a parking garage. The guys alternate ad-libs throughout the rest of the tune, each announcing their nicknames — Bocephus and the Chief. Church is clearly ecstatic to be playing with one of his heroes, putting all he has into the performance and keeping up with Williams’ energy.
The song, written by Neil Diamond and also recorded by Waylon Jennings, appears on Williams’ upcoming new record titled It’s About Time, his 57th career studio album. Slated for release in January 2016, it's his debut album with Nash Icon Records.
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