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.  // Tour dates at SoundSpike

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.

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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.

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June, 2013
8 - Morton, MN - Jackpot Junction Casino
21 - Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
22 - Cullman, AL - Rock the South
29 - Kettering, OH - Fraze Pavilion
27 - Guthrie Center, IA - 5th Annual Guthrie's River Ruckus

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