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Hankerin' for Hank Concert to Benefit the American Red Cross
By Tourism Industry Partner
Hankerin’ 4 Hank will present the music of Hank Williams & The Drifting Cowboys at The Roxy Theater in
Muskogee, OK, Monday, June 13, 2011 at 8pm. Come join Hankerin’ 4 Hank as they bring Hank Williams &
The Drifting Cowboys alive. The Roxy Theater is located at 220 West Okmulgee in Muskogee. Hankerin’ 4
Hank’s show will mark the 62nd anniversary of Hank Williams’ performance in Muskogee, OK on June 13, 1949.
To commemorate this anniversary, ticket prices will be set as they were for
the 1949 show at $1 per person. (Additional donations will be accepted.)
Brian Turpen, editor of the Hank Williams Fan Club Newsletter, recently documented details of the Grand Ole Opry show that occurred on June 1, 1949, also a Monday. The 1949 show was held at the City Hall Auditorium at 8pm, which now houses Muskogee Police Department administrative offices. Biographers had previously assumed Hank had stayed in Nashville after his Grand Ole Opry debut on June 11, 1949 until recent documentation indicated that Hank’s first performance after that historic Grand Ole Opry appearance was in Muskogee. This date can now be added to the country music legend’s itinerary. The Muskogee Daily Phoenix reported on June 11, 1949 that stars of the Grand Ole Opry would be appearing in Muskogee on Monday, June 13. Headlining the show was Ernest Tubb with second billing going to George Morgan, who had risen to fame with “Candy Kisses”. It appeared that Hank was added at the last moment with third billing.
Performing in character, Hankerin’ 4 Hank takes you back to 1949-52, the prime of Hank’s short career. Jim
Paul Blair portrays Hank Williams, a role that earned him “Actor of the Year” at Muskogee Little Theater for
his role in “Hank Williams: Lost Highway” in 2009. The Drifting Cowboys include Virgil Bonham on lead
guitar, Cliff Parrett on the doghouse bass, Mickey Flatt on steel guitar, Dana Hazzard on fiddle, and Cory
Wyatt on drums. Rounding out the group is the announcer, Steve Cannon, allowing Hankerin’ 4 Hank to
bring you authentic recreations of Hank Williams’ radio shows such as “The Health & Happiness” show.
Attention to detail has made Hankerin’ 4 Hank the premier Hank Williams tribute act in the country.
Manuel’s Exclusive Clothier in Nashville, Tennessee was commissioned to create Jim’s suits. Manuel had been
a young clothier working for Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors, who created many of Hank’s suits in the early 1950’s.
Jim’s vintage style boots were created by Dorwart’s Boots in Guthrie while Cliff’s boots were created by one of
Hank’s boot makers, Stelzer Boots from Henrietta, Texas. Vintage or vintage style instruments, microphones,
and amplifiers complete the look and sound of Hankerin’ 4 Hank.
In 2010, Hankerin’ 4 Hank performed at many theaters and festivals across the country, wowing and selling
out at historic venues such as Thrall’s Opera House in New Harmony, Indiana, The Strand Theater in
Lakewood, New Jersey, The Southern Vermont Arts Center, and the Hampton Beach Seashell in New
Hampshire. In 2010, they released “Hankerin’ 4 Hank Live at Cain’s Ballroom”, a DVD filmed at the historic
dance hall in Tulsa.
Hank Williams was born in Mount Olive, Alabama on September 17, 1923. He rose to fame in 1949, becoming
a member of the Grand Ole Opry and recording a string of hits for MGM Records including “Hey Good Lookin”,
“Your Cheatin’ Heart”, “Cold Cold Heart”, and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”. On December 31, 1952, Hank
left Knoxville, Tennessee in the back seat of his Cadillac, driven by Charles Carr. On the morning of January 1,
1953, Hank was taken to a hospital in Oak Hill, West Virginia and pronounced dead. His body contained
alcohol, morphine, and chloral hydrate. At a previous appearance in Oklahoma City, Hank met Toby Marshall,
a self-proclaimed physician who provided Hank with prescriptions of chloral hydrate, a drug used to treat
alcoholism. Toby Marshall was later tried in Oklahoma City for his involvement with prescribing drugs to Hank
and eventually died at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.
If you would like more information on Hankerin’ 4 Hank please call Jim Blair at (918) 869-6776 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, visit www.hankerin4hank.com
The local chapter of the American Red Cross will receive 100% of the proceeds of this event. Due to the large
number of disasters, fires and emergencies response required, our local American Red Cross is in dire need.
The Muskogee service center provides support to all of Muskogee County, Cherokee County and LeFlore
County. For donations and sponsorships for this event, please contact Ryan Hardaway at 918 682-1366 or
Tracy Blair at 918 260-8872.