Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Five Things about Hank Williams ; Tribute Band Kicks off Woody Hawley Series at the Clay Center

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Five Things about Hank Williams ; Tribute Band Kicks off Woody Hawley Series at the Clay Center

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The Woody Hawley Series opens its first show of 2016 Saturday night at the Clay Center's Meier Foundation Hall with the return of John Lilly and Rob McNurlin's popular Hank Williams tribute. The show features a bunch of songs for casual "Hank fans, but also a few of his deeper, Luke the Drifter, tunes. McNurlin and Lilly also often work in a couple of their original songs too. For this time around, The Gazette-Mail asked Lilly for a few facts for people not familiar with any of the lore surrounding the near mythical country singer.

1. Hank Williams was born in Alabama in 1923 and died in West Virginia in 1953. He lived 29 years.

2. He was initially hired by music publisher Fred Rose in 1946 to write songs for Columbia recording artist and Huntington, West Virginia, singer Molly O'Day. …

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