Hank Williams Jr.
June 16, 2017
James Brown Arena
Reviewed by Joseph Hett
Photos by Scott Gaines
Hank Williams Jr. Has A Lot Of Friends In Augusta
Hank Williams Jr. brought his rocking, outlaw country show to the James Brown Arena on Friday night in Augusta, GA. “Bocephus” would keep the crowd on their feet the entire show.
As the arena was filling up, there was a skirmish that broke out in the floor section that grasped everyone’s attention. The guilty party was later escorted out of the arena by security to a thunderous applause. I guess you could say that the rowdy friends were already over.
Williams and his band came out with “Are You Ready For The Country.” They kept it in the country family too with the next song, “Country State Of Mind.” Hank Jr. kept the flow going with the Hank Sr. classic “Move It On Over” and “Just Call Me Hank” – from his newest album “It’s About Time.”
“Keep The Change” was a political song about the current condition of the United States. The song also touched on his controversy with Fox News from 2011.
Williams cranked out the classic “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight.” It was recently announced that Williams would be coming back to intro Monday Night Football on ESPN. MNF just hasn’t been the same without the timeless tradition of Hank Jr. opening the show. Williams added the upbeat “I Really Like Girls” in to finish the extended song.
Hank Jr. paid homage to Southern rock artists by playing Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “On The Hunt” and “Gimmie Three Steps.” He also took a trip down to Texas with ZZ Top’s “Waiting On The Bus.” Hank Sr.’s “Kaw-Liga” followed and also had a rocking riff to it. Williams played the fiddle to close out the song.
Williams went over to the piano on the right side of the stage and told stories about his unique upbringing. He spoke about how Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles would all stop by his home for a chance to touch his father’s piano. Williams then proceeded to play Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” on the piano to perfection.
The backing band exited the stage and an acoustic guitar was brought out to Williams. He played “Outlaw Women” and “Tear In My Beer.” He continued with “All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)” and threw in “Good Ole Boys” and “I Walk The Line” before finishing up the last part of “All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down).”
Hank Jr. told an extended story about how selective he is when deciding on concert dates. “If they ain’t figured it out by now, I’m gonna play where I want to, when I want to and for who I want to.” He then launched into “A Country Boy Can Survive” to end the solo acoustic set.
The band came back out and they cranked out “Born To Boogie.” Williams wanted to rock one more time with covers of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” and Ted Nugent’s “Cat Scratch Fever.”
Once they started the classic “Family Tradition,” the whole arena sang the opening lyrics. Williams eventually jumped in to finish the tune. Williams thanked the crowd and then walked off the stage as his band played him out since there was no encore.
Augusta has become a hotbed with classic country musicians making stops year-round. Add Hank Williams Jr. to that list. Hank Jr. performed his own classics, some of his father’s music and some covers. After the show, all of Hank Williams Jr.’s friends were leaving the arena very satisfied.