Celebrate the Heart of Country, Americana, and Roots Music!

Drop Us A Line, Y'all

Y'all interested in advertising, partnering up, contributing stories, joining our team, or just got a question? Well, don't be shy, drop us a line!

Follow Us

Honoring the Memory of 9/11 with Hank Williams Jr.’s “America Will Survive”

by

September 11 arguably changed the very fabric of America in just a snap of a finger. We lost countless heroic lives and to this day, every American remembers exactly where they were standing that day, and the overwhelming emotions they felt that day.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes, making two crash into both the World Trade Center towers.

The impact of this terrorist attack is still a sore, painful memory in our hearts.

Hank Williams, Hank Williams Jr. Hank, Williams, America Will Survive
via CNN

According to the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s website:

“‘9/11’ is shorthand for four coordinated terrorist attacks carried out by al-Qaeda, an Islamist extremist group, that occurred on the morning of September 11, 2001. The attacks killed 2,977 people.”

Hank William Jr.’s “America Will Survive”

Americans banned together and became stronger and more united as terrorists tried to attack and take away our freedom. As a result, many artists from all genres came together to unite people through music. Country music, especially.

Hank Williams Jr. was inspired by the resiliency and bravery of the American people. He re-wrote his “Country Boy Can Survive” to “America Will Survive” – an apt proclamation, and a sustained promise.

Hank Williams, Hank Williams Jr. Hank, Williams, America Will Survive
Screengrab via YouTube

The original song reflects the changes to the American lifestyle and society that corresponded with rural concerns of the negative impact of increasing urbanization, and exalts the self-reliance of ‘country boys’. However, how it was re-written for 9/11 made it all the more special.

Although “Country Boy Can Survive” can be considered as one of Williams’ signature songs, “America Will Survive” proves to be more heartfelt and more meaningful, especially to the memory of September 11.

The song peaked at number 45 on the Billboard country charts after its very patriotic re-write.

Hank Williams, Hank Williams Jr. Hank, Williams, America Will Survive
via Rose Quarter

This powerful live performance was inspired by the events of 9/11 and shows an extremely patriotic audience. People in the crowd were waving American flags and when Hank Jr. sang the new lyrics, “America can survive, America WILL survive,” the crowd erupted in cheer.

Watch the patriotic performance below!

Latest Stories

Watch George Jones as He Pays Tribute To Conway Twitty With "Hello Darlin'"

George Jones Honors Conway Twitty with Powerful Rendition of ‘Hello Darlin’

Days after the world lost the legendary Conway Twitty, another country legend paid tribute to the late singer with an emotional rendition of his iconic “Hello Darlin’,” and it’s none ...

Merle Haggard’s “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down” Says Alcohol Can’t Heal Wounds

Merle Haggard’s “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down” Says Alcohol Can’t Heal Wounds

Still not feeling numb after five drinks? If you’re trying to move on from a heartbreak, we hate to break it to you, but Merle Haggard’s lyrics in “Tonight the ...

5 Ashley Cooke Facts You Need to Know

5 Ashley Cooke Facts You Need to Know

On the road to becoming a country breakout star, Ashley Cooke is an up-and-coming artist who is known for her smash hit “Your Place” in 2023. She brings down-to-earth vibes ...

Huercasa Country Festival 2024: What You Need To Know

Huercasa Country Festival 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title: Huercasa Country Festival 2024Festival Duration: July 5-7, 2024Venue: Las Delicias Municipal Soccer Field in Riaza, Segovia, SpainPerformers Include: Kaitlin Butts,  Myron Elkins, A Thousand Horses, The Wonder Women ...

Under The Big Sky 2024: What You Need To Know

Under The Big Sky 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title:Under The Big Sky 2024Festival Duration:July 12-14, 2024Venue:Big Mountain Ranch in Whitefish, MontanaPerformers Include:Billy Strings, Miranda Lambert, Turnpike Troubadours, and moreTicket Information: Get Your Tickets Here It’s that time ...

Country Jam USA 2024: What You Need To Know

Country Jam USA 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title: Country Jam USA 2024Festival Duration: July 18-20, 2024Venue:Eau Claire Event District in Eau Claire, WisconsinPerformers Include:HARDY, Brothers Osborne, Thomas Rhett, and moreTicket Information:Ticket Information: Get Your Tickets Here ...

Country Thunder Saskatchewan 2024: What You Need To Know

Country Thunder Saskatchewan 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title: Country Thunder Saskatchewan 2024Festival Duration:July 11-14, 2024Venue:Craven World Campground in Craven, Saskatchewan, CanadaPerformers Include:Luke Combs, Nickelback, Dallas Smith, and moreTicket Information:Get Your Tickets Here Country Thunder Saskatchewan is ...

Windy City Smokeout 2024: What You Need To Know

Windy City Smokeout 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title: Windy City Smokeout 2024Festival Duration: July 11-14, 2024Venue: United Centre Parking Lot in Chicago, IllinoisPerformers Include: Thomas Rhett, Parker McCollum, Cody Johnson, Carrie Underwood, and moreTicket Information: Get ...

Over 100,000 Fans Join George Strait As He Sang “Amarillo by Morning”

Over 100,000 Fans Join George Strait As He Sang “Amarillo by Morning”

George Strait bested both his indoor and outdoor record – and the fifty-year record of the largest attendance in the US – at his annual series of one-off performances during ...

Country Concert 2024: What You Need To Know

Country Concert 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title: Country Concert 2024Festival Duration: July 11-13, 2024Venue: Hickory Hill Lakes in Fort Laramie, OhioPerformers Include:Cody Johnson, Lainey Wilson, HARDY, and moreTicket Information: Get Your Tickets Here The Midwest’s ...

Leave a Comment

For security, use of Google's reCAPTCHA service is required which is subject to the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.