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HANK WILLIAMS @100
9/15/23

The international centennial celebration of Hank Williams’ birth begins today with the release of a new digital collection and continues with tribute concerts, induction into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame Museum and more.

Sunday (9/17) marks the 100th anniversary of Williams’ birth and over the next year his career and legacy will be honored around the world with a host of events, new releases, and tribute shows. His grandson, Sam Williams, has released a new version of “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.”

“Hank Williams was a force of nature who left an incredible catalog of songs that are still seen as the highest standard of the craft of songwriting,” said Bruce Resnikoff, president & CEO of UMe, the global catalog division of Universal Music Group. “UMe remains honored to be the stewards of his timeless songs and to help further his legacy by continuing to introduce new generations to his music.”

Mercury Nashville/UMe has released Hank Williams 100 featuring 19 of Williams’ most popular songs and greatest hits. Divided into two parts, the first half offers Williams’ upbeat fare such as “Jambalaya (On The Bayou),” “Hey, Good Lookin’,” and “Move It On Over,” with his darker, more introspective material— “Lost Highway, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Your Cheatin’ Heart”—in the second half.

Hank’s 100th: A Concert in Celebration of Hank Williams, will be presented by Spotify in partnership with the Americana Music Association on 9/21 at Nashville’s CMA Theater during the Americana Music Festival. Performers include Delbert McClinton, Della Mae, Laura Cantrell, Rodney Crowell, Suzy Bogguss, Charlie McCoy and Connie Smith. Hilary Williams, Holly Williams and Sam Williams will pay special tribute to their grandfather at the event. Spotify has also created a 66-song Happy 100th Birthday Hank playlist.

A three-day gala concert presented by The Hank Williams Museum begins today at Troy University’s Davis Theatre in Montgomery, Ala. The event, featuring country and bluegrass acts, will conclude with a graveside memorial service at Williams’ gravesite in the Oakwood Cemetery Annex in Montgomery on Sunday. The Rockabilly Hall of Fame Museum induction ceremony will be held Sunday as well.

Saving Country Music is keeping track of all the Hank celebrations.