Justin Smith, talent buyer at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, calls it the biggest show of the year — maybe the biggest show the Town Square landmark has ever done.
Tickets go on sale Friday for Hank Williams Jr.
The country-rock superstar is booked to play unplugged at the Cowboy on Nov. 20 — his first show in Jackson Hole since 1980, Smith said, and his first gig after being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The son of country music legend Hank Williams has sold more than 70 million records and been named Entertainer of the Year five times by the Academy of Country Music.
“It’s hard to imagine what it would be like to be the only son of Hank Williams, the long-gone, legendary, lonesome singer whose short life transformed country music forever,” Smith said in a release about the event.
Raised in Nashville, Hank Jr. learned music from the best: Earl Scruggs gave him banjo lessons, Jerry Lee Lewis showed him piano licks, and Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash all mentored him. He made his Grand Ole Opry debut at age 11, playing songs in his father’s traditional style, then began to find his own voice starting in the mid 1970s.
After a 550-foot fall off a Montana mountain, Hank Jr. developed his singular brand of rebel-country music, embracing the full-band sounds of Southern rock. Countless hit records and awards came over the following 40 years, and his name has become one of the most recognizable in American culture. A reworking of his smash “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” for the NFL’s Monday “Night Football” certainly helped, and earned him four Emmy Awards.
Williams’ Cowboy Bar performance will be an “unprecedented scaled-down show,” Smith said, to facilitate coronavirus safety measures. Following state and local health guidelines, it will be sit-down with limited seating. As such, tickets range from $500 to $100 for a seat and are sold by the table only. Two- and four-top tables go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday. Go to CowboyBarJH.com to purchase or for additional information. ￼