From time to time a true living legend comes to town and you wonder what it will look like when they show up. It seems to be happening a lot lately here in Tulsa. With recent shows by Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, and with the upcoming Robert Plant show in July the trend looks to be full steam ahead.
This Friday night, May 7th will add to that list as Hank Williams Jr. brings his show to the BOK Center. Bocephus has been electrifying crowds since 1957.
Williams began his career imitating his famed father. His style gradually evolved, until he was involved in a near fatal fall off the side of a mountain, which apparently changed his personal and professional life.
After an extended recovery, he challenged the country music establishment with a blend of country, rock, and blues. After some success in the 1980s, Williams earned considerable recognition and popularity. He is now considered an elder statesman of the country and outlaw country genres.
Williams became a country music superstar known for catchy anthems and hard-edged rock-influenced country. During the late 1970s and into the early to mid 1980s Hank Jr’s songs constantly flew into the number one or number two spot. His songs like Family Tradition, Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound, Old Habits, Ain’t Misbehavin, Born to Boogie, and My Name is Bocephus.
In 1987 and 1988, Williams was named Entertainer Of The Year by the Country Music Association. In 1987, 1988, and 1989, he won the same award from the Academy of Country Music.
On December 26, 2005, he opened Monday Night Football on ABC for the last time; the program moved to Disney corporate sibling, ESPN. Williams continues to open the show. For MNF’s 2006 debut on ESPN, Williams Jr. re-recorded the MNF opening theme with an all-star jam band that included Little Richard, Questlove, Joe Perry, Clarence Clemmons, Rick Neilson, Bootsy Collins, Charlie Daniels, Steven Van Zandt and others.
You will not want to miss this pioneering and establishment shaking showstopper in action. So grab you a beverage of choice, sit back and sing along. You know the words, so you may as well sing them at the top of your lungs.
Hank Williams, Jr. at BOK Center, 3rd and Denver with special guests Jamey Johnson, The Grascals and Eric Church
Doors open at 6:00 pm, Show starts at 7:00 pm
Tickets :: $27, $51.50, $61.50, $127
Available at BOK Center box office, online at BOKcenter.com