Live Review: Hank Williams, Jr. at Stagecoach 2013
The setting: Early evening at the Mane stage. Temperatures are cooling, beer is flowing and the Friday night trio of "men are men" headliners--Trace Adkins, Mr. Williams and closing set Toby Keith--is at cruising speed.
The takeaway: Hank Williams, Jr. painted a broad picture of southern rock and swing, opening with the decidedly New Orleans flavored "Women I've Never Had," working through his standard territory of swampy country-rock infused with self-sustaining characters long on survival and party skills as the the desert night took hold.
Speaking to his childhood influnces in a theme of "rowdy friends," Williams sat at the piano mid-set and talked of Fats Domino making him want to boogie woogie all the time, riffing out a couple of verses of "Your Cheating Heart," Fats style.
Williams noted that for him, that path inevitably led to chasing the sound of Jerry Lee Lewis, taking the band through a rousing "Great Balls of Fire." Williams tipped his hat as well to Johnny Cash, pulling an acoustic "I Walk The Line" into the set.