Hank Williams Jr. Raises $75K for Country Music Hall of Fame
Whether you like him or not, you can't argue that Hank Williams Jr. hasn't had an unforgettable impact on the country music world. On Dec. 6, the ever-controversial country music legend helped close the doors on the Family Tradition: The Williams Family Legacy exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville with a sold-out acoustic performance. The event, which directly benefited the Hall of Fame and adjoining museum, raised $75,000.
The Williams Family Legacy showcase opened four years ago and was a significant way to pay tribute to the iconic country music family with exclusive personal artifacts and information. According to the Country Music Hall of Fame website, Williams said that he wishes for the learning to continue, and thus, will leave some of the items behind for the museum to keep. "I'm going to work with them and leave quite a few of these items here-where they should be," he said.
During his 90-minute set, the singer performed his own songs -- old and new -- as well as a handful of his fathers' hits and some by his own heroes: Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. A few famous faces, like Jamey Johnson, Jessi Colter and her son Shooter Jennings, were spotted in the audience among Williams' wife and daughters.
Fans who attended Williams' show at the Ford Theater left with a signed poster to commemorate the event. The Family Tradition exhibit will remain open through Dec. 31. Hank Williams Jr. is scheduled to release a new album in March 2012.