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article imageInterview with veteran country star Hank Williams Jr. Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jul 1, 2013 in Entertainment
On June 27, I had the pleasure to interview country music living legend Hank Williams Jr. The veteran singer-songwriter, better known as “Bocephus,” opened up about the evolution of the music industry, his future plans and some of his proudest moments
Hank noted that the music industry has changed substantially since he was thrown into it at the young age of eight. “My mother put me on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry at eight and everyone expected me sound like daddy. I did that, but for me to create my own identify, I had to create my own sound and have some artistic creativity going. In the 80s, I found that sound and have been entertaining the fans ever since. For every artist, it is a different path,” the country star acknowledged.
Although the country music scene has changed so much, Hank shared that he has good friends such as Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood that have stood up for him a few years ago during the Country Music Association (CMA) awards. “I have rockers like Kid Rock and Steven Tyler (from Aerosmith) that love what I do. I am a lucky guy and I know that,” he remarked.
On his plans for the future, Hank Williams Jr. stated, “I record when I want to and I tour when I want to. I don’t really plan too much ahead. I keep the iPad close by if I have an idea for a song, and when I get to it, I will write it. I know that I am going fishing this week and that’s about all I plan ahead.”
Throughout his distinguished career in country, Hank has had ten singles reach the top of the Billboard Hot Country Charts and he has had thirteen No. 1 albums. Hank has been named “Entertainer of the Year” by the Academy of Country Music (ACM) in 1986, 1987 and 1988, as well as the Country Music Association (CMA) in 1987 and 1988 and he subsequently won a Grammy award in 1989 for “There’s a Tear in My Beer.”
In 2006, he was honored with the Johnny Cash Visionary award at the “CMT Music Awards,” an award that has gone to such country greats as Reba McEntire, Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn; moreover, in 2007, he was honored with his own “CMT Giants” television special, where some of country music’s biggest stars paid homage to Bocephus and in the same year, he was inducted into the prestigious Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, which he dubbed as a “proud moment.” “Knowing that the song I created had an impact on someone, or that they meant something to somebody is a very good feeling,” he explained. “The CMA and ACM awards have been very good to ole Bocephus. I am proud of every award I have received since they all mean something different and they meant something different at the time I received them.”
In addition to his singing and songwriting, Hank is also a multi-instrumentalist that plays such instruments as guitar, banjo, piano, keyboards, harmonica, fiddle and drums.
Hank Williams Jr. concluded the interview by thanking his dedicated fans. “I have the most loyal fans in the entire country music business,” the superstar admitted. “I do 25 shows a year and I know that my fans will be there for every one of them.”
For more information on Hank Williams Jr., visit his official website.
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