February 24

Hank Williams Jr. Paid Tribute to Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash In An Acoustic Version of Their Songs

With such exceptional musical style and uncanny talent, Hank Williams, Jr. has stepped out from his father’s long shadow and has emerged as one of the most popular country artists. Many of Hank Williams Jr. songs have even withstood the test of time. 

But despite being a country icon in his own right, he makes sure to pay tribute to the legends that came before him whenever he can. And more often than not, these legends are deemed as acquaintances or even family.

Take, for instance, this old clip we’ve found, which was apparently recorded during his concert in 2012 at Bossier City, Louisiana. He gave Waylon Jennings a big shout out by singing The Dukes Of Hazzard’s theme song, which was famously recorded by the outlaw country artist, who also served as the show’s narrator.

With the audience clapping and singing along to the tune’s lyrics, you can really tell fans were delighted by such a heartwarming performance. He then transitioned seamlessly into one of Johnny Cash’s most famous songs, “I Walk the Line” – and the crowd showered him with an uproar of applause.  

Hank Williams Jr.’s Love for The Two Legends Has Always Been Front and Center

Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash were two of the most influential people to Hank Williams, Jr., who helped him shape his career. He’s known them since he was just a little boy and has looked up to them ever since. 

In fact, Johnny Cash’s wife was actually Hank Jr.’s godmother. Meanwhile, Hank Jr. and Jennings have a pretty tight friendship despite the age gap. This friendship even gave birth to one of the most epic collaborations in country music. In 1979, Hank Jr. and Jennings recorded “The Conversation” as a duet. It was a moderately successful hit, reaching No. 15 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

Anyway, make sure not to miss Hank Williams Jr.’s tribute to Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash by playing the video below.


Hank Williams Jr., Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings

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