“The Music of Hank Williams” at UWG’s Ingram Library Dec. 8

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Hank Williams, Sr.

“The Music of Hank Williams,” a program featuring songs by Hank Williams and commentary on his life and music, will be presented at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the University of West Georgia’s Ingram Library. This event and the reception afterward are free and open to the public.

Carrollton-based country-folk band Americana Express will perform the songs of Hank Williams with an introduction by Dr. Steve Goodson, professor of History and co-author of the upcoming book, The Hank Williams Reader, to be published by Oxford University Press.

More than sixty years after his death, Hank Williams is still an iconic figure in American music. Born in Mount Olive, Alabama in 1923, Williams turned a life of struggle and rejection into songs that resonated with the public. Widely considered country music’s first superstar, Williams’ songs like “Cold, Cold Heart,” “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” and “Hey, Good Lookin’” are among the most revered in American music. His untimely death at age 29 in 1953 sealed his legendary status.

“The Music of Hank Williams” is sponsored by Ingram Library’s Penelope Melson Society and is endorsed by the Smithsonian Institution as part of its New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music traveling exhibition tour.

The reception will feature traditional Southern fare including jambalaya, chicken tenders, biscuits, fried green tomato and pimento cheese sliders, pecan pralines, and white chocolate bread pudding.

When entering the campus on the evening of the program, follow “Ingram Library Parking” signs to the Humanities lot. For further information, visit www.westga.edu/library or contact Catherine Hendricks at chendric@westga.edu or (678) 839-5337.