WITH ‘PATRIOT AWARD’ FROM OPERATION TROOP AID
Tenn. (November 12, 2013) – Operation Troop Aid (OTA), a nonprofit
organization which supports deployed U.S. troops, set to honor Grammy,
CMA, ACM, and Emmy award-winning entertainer Hank Williams Jr.
with the 2013 Operation Troop Aid “Patriot Award.” The presentation
will take place on December 31st, when Williams headlines the New Year’
Eve ‘Bash on Broadway’ in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.
Presented annually by OTA to celebrities that champion the men and
women serving in the American Armed Forces, the southern rock and
country legend was awarded the Eagle Trophy for his countless endeavors
to support troops overseas and at local hospitals and for supporting
numerous military charities. Well known for his role as an American
Patriot, Williams, has performed at various military bases and continues
to meet military personnel at every concert appearance.
“I am extremely honored to award Hank Williams Jr the 2013 Patriot
Award. His art, legacy of family and Spirit of Patriotism is exactly
why this award exists. He never forgot his roots and why we have the
Freedom we do in America,” says OTA founder and executive director Mark
Williams will join past Patriot Award recipients Toby Keith, Darryl
Worley, Aaron Tippin, Gary Sinise, Charlie Daniels, Mark Wills, and
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
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.