TIME: 8:00 pm
LOCATION: The Cameo Theater
Jason Petty celebrates Hank Williams 100th birthday with his critically acclaimed tribute, “Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes.” Williams penned over 400 country songs depicting the trials and tribulations of the common man and woman. Among his timeless classics are Hey Good Lookin’, Your Cheatin’ Heart, I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, Jambalaya and I Saw The Light. Williams is credited with creating the style that would influence other artists such as Patsy Cline, George Jones, Merle Haggard and Elvis Presley. He is considered the single most influential person in country music history and is enshrined in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Jason Petty gained national notoriety when he portrayed Hank Williams in the biographical/musical about Williams’ life titled Hank Williams: Lost Highway. Petty first portrayed the country legend on the world-famous Ryman Auditorium stage in Nashville, TN, for a 2-year run of the Williams’ production. After 2 national tours, he landed in New York City where he won the Obie Award for Best Actor in the Off-Broadway production of Hank Williams: Lost Highway.
Since 2001, Jason has travelled the continent with his own production called Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes. Over the years, Jason had the chance to meet and become friends with those who knew and played with Williams. They shared their stories of what Hank and his music meant to them and to the history of country music. Jason has translated those stories into a beautiful mosaic of live music and storytelling, taking the audience down history’s memory lane while expertly weaving Williams’ story of triumph and tragedy.
For Williams’ 100th birthday celebration Jason brings Williams’ legend and music to life with authentic set pieces and period costumes. However, it is Jason’s easy and insightful storytelling that keeps bringing audiences back time after time. There is no better time to introduce…or re-introduce yourself to Hank Williams..and to Jason Petty.