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‘Hankcentennial:’ Celebration to honor country music legend

One of country music’s most notable and influential musicians will be celebrated and memorialized this month in his hometown of Montgomery.

(Hank Williams Museum/Contributed)

“Even a century after his birth and more than 70 years after his passing, Hank Williams continues to attract new generations of fans who love and appreciate the music he wrote and performed,” Hank Williams Museum Director Beth Petty said. “Though he died at just 29 years of age, Hank left a lasting musical legacy that continues to grow, and we feel it is important to celebrate and recognize the 100th birthday of one of Alabama’s favorite sons and greatest legends.”

The Hank Williams Centennial Wreath Laying and Memorial Service will take place Sept. 17 at his gravesite in the Oakwood Cemetery Annex, 1304 Upper Wetumpka Road in Montgomery. The Sheppard Family Band, whose members are related to Hank Williams’ former wife, Audrey Sheppard Williams, will perform.

The three-day Hank Williams Centennial Concert is Sept. 15-17 at Troy University’s Davis Theater in Montgomery.

Gov. Kay Ivey, at the request of the museum, has proclaimed Sept. 17 as Hank Williams Day in Alabama.

Tickets may be purchased by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/hank-williams-centennial-celebration-montgomery-2346529.

Austen Shipley is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News.

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