Hank Williams Jr. brought all his rowdy friends to Fort Worth last night selling out the world’s largest honky tonk- the iconic Billy Bob’s Texas. He sold out both shows on the 2nd and 3rd. Williams is among an elite group of musicians booked to help Billy Bob’s Texas Commemorate their 40th anniversary the entire month of April. Upcoming anniversary shows include three nights with both Midland and Dwight Yoakam and a five-night run of both Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett.
The country music hall of famer, also known as Bocephus, blazed through his whiskey-soaked hits that included “Born to Boogie”, “A Country Boy Can Survive” and crowd favorite, “Family Tradition”.
The set was tight and short with no encore- but didn’t really need one. He paid tribute to artists before him including Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, ZZ Top, and more.
Dressed in all black cowboy attire, Jr. switched between his cool black caps and baseball caps. Williams always has great lines that are often quoted by fans; “You’ve got to dress like an icon.You’ve got to shine like a beacon”, Jr. said at one point.
The multi-instrumentalist bounced from electric to acoustic, to keys, and to fiddle. WIlliams jumped on keys for a rousing cover of Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”. Many don’t know that he learned to play piano from legends Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis and that he played on ZZ Top’s epic “La Grange”.
Kalaiya (played fiddle) (Hank Sr. cover)
Your Cheatin’ Heart (Hank Sr. cover)
All My Rowdy Friends
Whiskey Bent and Hellbound
La Grange (ZZ Top cover)
Od’d in Denver
Acoustic solo set
There’s a Tear in My Beer
All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down
Walk the Line (Johnny Cash cover)
A Country Boy Can Survive
Born to Boogie