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HANK WILLIAMS JR. & MERLE HAGGARD TEAM UP

HANK WILLIAMS JR. & MERLE HAGGARD TEAM UP ON CLASSIC TUNE

Country Music Icons release lyric video to support collaboration

NASHVILLE,
Tenn. (November 26, 2013) – Five-time Entertainer of the Year Hank
Williams Jr. and Country Music Hall of Fame member Merle Haggard spent
some time in the studio recording the 1980 hit song “I Think I’ll Just
Sit Here and Drink,” for Hank Williams Jr.’s latest studio album Old School New Rules.  You can watch the video here: http://youtu.be/hpD8aehKRtI


“Merle is one-of-a-kind,” says Hank Williams Jr.  “His music
resonates with fans just like mine does.  Making this song was simple,
it maybe took two takes.  Then we spent the rest of the time laughing
and telling old road stories. Merle and I are for the everyday working
man and that’s something we have in common.”

On December 31, 2013, Williams will perform at the fifth annual
“Bash on Broadway” in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.  Prior to the show
he will receive the 2013 Operation Troop Aid “Patriot Award” for his
support of those serving in the military, their families, and his
continued Patriotic stance.

About Hank Williams Jr.
Though he began his career in the shadow of his legendary father,
Hank Williams Jr. emerged as a formidable Country singer-songwriter in
his own right with 1960s hits such as “It’s All Over But The Crying” and
“Cajun Baby.” But things changed with the 1979 release of “Family
Tradition,” where he broke the Nashville mainstream by adopting a rebel
image and writing/recording in a style incorporating his Blues and
Southern Rock influences. The results were staggering as  42 Top-10 hits
followed, two CMA Entertainer of the Year honors, three ACM Entertainer
of the Year honors, multiple Grammy nominations and a Grammy award for
“There’s a Tear in My Beer”, a duet with his father using electronic
merging technology.

As groundbreaking as Hank Williams Jr. became, it wasn’t just his
performance that people took note about, but rather his songwriting
that became so notable. The driven musician penned hits songs year after
year scoring 20 BMI Awards. One of the arguably most-heard Country song
of modern times, the four-time Emmy award-winning “Are You Ready For
Some Football?,” which was heard nationally as the theme song of ABC and
ESPN’s Monday Night Football telecasts, was aired for 21 years.

As the accolades kept coming, Williams sold over 55 million albums,
achieving gold, platinum, and multi-platinum status along with 13 of
those albums hitting the no. 1 spot on the Billboard chart. In 2008,
Williams was honored with the BMI Icon award at the 56th annual BMI
Country Awards, joining an elite group of past honorees including Willie
Nelson, Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton.

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