Hank Williams Festival kicks off

Published 2:00 am Friday, June 5, 2015

Those who love country music or just think that might will want to be in Georgiana, this weekend for the 36th Annual Hank Williams Festival.

The festival is located on the grounds of Hank Williams’ Boyhood Home and Museum at 127 Rose Street.

Leona Simmons, museum hostess, said just follow the signs and you’ll get there.

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“We are expecting good weather and a big crowd both Friday and Saturday,” Simmons said. “The museum will be open and the music will be as good as it gets, so we invite everybody to the Hank Williams Festival this weekend. It’s a celebration of country music and the life of a legend.”

The museum and the festival opened rather simply, Simmons said, with members of Hank Williams band and local bands coming to his home place to pick and sing and honor the country music legend.

Today, the Hank Williams Festival features a variety of outstanding country music singers, along with Jett Williams who sings her dad’s music.

Emcee Dr. Sam Faulk will open the 36th Annual Hank Williams Festival at 2 p.m. today with Hank the Man tributes from until 5 p.m. Evening performances will be led by Brad Magness, Mary McDonald and Colin Leatherwood.’

“Brad, Mary and Colin have been entertaining at the festival for years and are all very popular with the audiences,” Simmons said. “At 7 p.m. there will be short break for the Ms. Hank Williams Pageant and the music will get underway again at 7:30 with The Springs, which has fronted for entertainers like Reba McEntire, Toby Keith and Alan Jackson. One member of the band, Holly, was on The Voice.”

Headliner T. Graham Brown will take the stage at 9 p.m.

Simmons said Brown is one of the most enduring and popular performers in American country music.

The Hank Williams Festival will get an early start on Saturday. The gates will open at 8 a.m. with Hank the Man and various other tributes until noon at which time the Can-Do Band will take the stage.

Mike Moves will perform around 2 p.m. followed by Southern Legends, a local band. Colin Leatherwood will take the stage around 5 p.m. followed by Mary McDonald, Brad Magness and Starla Jones.

Jett Williams and Jeremy Parsons will be the featured performers at 7:30 with Saturday headliner Johnny Rodriguez on stage at 9 p.m. Rodriguez is the first famous Latin American country music singer. He infuses his music with Latin sounds and often sings verses of songs in Spanish.

Admission to the Hank Williams Festival is $15 on Friday. Admission to the museum is $5.

Admission on Saturday is $25 with admission to the museum included.