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Arts & Entertainment Hank Williams Jr sells out Casino

Photos by Betsey GooderCountry music sensation Hank William Jr. hit the stage Labor Day weekend at Harrah's Cherokee Casino to perform to a sold out crowd. Guests from all ages packed the event center for chances to hear Williams' hits that span his nearly 40-year career.

With more than 55 million albums sold, Hank Williams Jr. is an artist that has little to prove. He is infamous for being one of the most outspoken, controversial, flat-out rowdy musicians in country music. Williams' brought every bit of his reputable flare to the stage Sunday night.

Already possessing the most powerful pedigree in country music, Williams has made country music a life long career. He was on tour at eight years old, debuted on the Grand Ole Opry at the age of 11 and at 14, made his first record, a rendition of his father's “Long Gone Lonesome Blues.” In 1970, he signed the biggest recording contract in the history of MGM Records, and when he began to follow his own music path, Williams' instincts led him to phenomenal success. “Family Tradition," released in 1979, went gold, kicking off a long string of gold and platinum efforts.

With his very first album debuting in 1964, Williams remains one of the most consistent ticket sellers in music, as generation after generation get turned on to his energetic, dynamic live performances. His music pays homage to the country legends who have given him a personal musical education.

Williams' trademark blend of traditional country, blues and Southern rock is seriously good. His life has been a series of breathtaking highs and unbelievable lows. He continues making music his way, constructing his own trailblazing musical legacy. “I'm not searching for myself or looking for my sound, ya'll,” he says, “I found that a long time ago.”

The five time Entertainer of the Year award is touring and promoting his newest album, which came out in 2012, “Old School, New Rules.” Williams' 2012 single, "Keep the Change," was the fastest downloaded country sound in history.


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