Hank Williams Jr. Explains Why He’s Not A Grand Ole Opry Member

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Hank Williams Jr., a legendary figure in the world of country music, has always stood apart from the crowd.

While his father, Hank Williams, was once a member of the esteemed Grand Ole Opry, Hank Jr. has chosen a different path. In a recent interview with Taste of Country, he revealed why he has never become a member of this iconic institution.

For Hank Jr., it all comes down to his musical preference, rooted in his upbringing. Growing up, he wasn’t tuned in to the Grand Ole Opry like many aspiring country artists. Instead, he found himself captivated by the sounds emanating from WLAC, a renowned R&B station during the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. The station boasted charismatic DJs like Bill “Hossman” Allen and held tremendous influence, particularly in the Deep South.

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Recalling his formative years, Hank Jr. reminisced with Taste of Country, “Don’t get me wrong, I love going there and being around those guys, but when I’m in the back of that car and I’m 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 years old, I said put it on WLAC, Hoss Allen.”

It was the soulful tunes of Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland and the electrifying rhythms of Bo Diddley that resonated with him, shaping his musical journey.

Indeed, this affinity for the blues has defined Hank Jr.’s latest album, Rich White Honky Blues, which features covers of songs by blues legends like Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins, R.L. Burnside, and Robert Johnson, along with three original compositions. The album pays homage to the music that inspired him and showcases his Thunderhead Hawkins blues persona.

Hank Williams Jr. posted this to his Facebook on June 16th, 2022.
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While Hank Jr. may not have chosen the path of the Grand Ole Opry, it doesn’t diminish his immense talent and contributions to the world of country music. He remains highly respected and cherished by his legions of fans.

In his conversation with Taste of Country, he also shared anecdotes about his interactions with music icons like Johnny Cash and Brad Paisley, giving fans a glimpse into the rich tapestry of his career.

So, while the Grand Ole Opry may not count Hank Williams Jr. as a member, it’s important to recognize that his musical journey has taken him on a different route. His unique sound and unwavering dedication to his musical roots have solidified his place as an iconic figure in the realm of country music.

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