Country Music Hall of Fame Commemorates Hank Williams’ 100th Birthday

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum hosted Hank’s 100th: A Concert in Celebration of Hank Williams, presented by Spotify in the museum’s CMA Theater.

(Back row, left to right) Billy Contreras, Ben Roberts, Kenny Vaughan, Chuck Mead, Rodney Crowell, Hilary Williams, Sam Williams, Chris Scruggs, Brennen Leigh, Pete Finney and Wes L’Anglois

(Middle row, left to right) Director of Public Programs Abi Tapia, Celia Woodsmith (Della Mae), S.G. Goodman, Wendy Moten, Holly Williams, Jared Manzo, Lyle Lovett and Vice President of Museum Services Michael Gray

(Front row, left to right): Avril Smith (Della Mae), Vickie Vaughn (Della Mae), Kimber Ludiker (Della Mae), Jeff Hanna, Jett Williams, Suzy Bogguss, Delbert McClinton, Delaney McClinton, Laura Cantrell and Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie McCoy

(Courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum)

The concert featured a wide-ranging representation of the country music community — Suzy Bogguss, Laura Cantrell, Rodney Crowell, Della Mae, S.G. Goodman, Jeff Hanna, Brennen Leigh, Lyle Lovett, Delbert McClinton, Chuck Mead, Wendy Moten, Hank Williams’ grandchildren Hilary Williams, Holly Williams, Sam Williams and Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie McCoyArtists performed interpretations of Williams’ classics in various styles, from honky-tonk and bluegrass to rock to R&B. Chris Scruggs led the house band including Billy ContrerasWes L’AngloisJared Manzo and Kenny Vaughan.

Country Music Hall of Fame member Hank Williams scored more than 30 hits in his short career, including "Hey, Good Lookin’," "Jambalaya" and "Lovesick Blues," and wrote many songs that are now considered country standards. Tony Bennett’s 1951 pop cover of "Cold, Cold Heart" showed the crossover potential of Williams’ songwriting, and over the past seven decades, his music has been recorded by artists in nearly every genre.

This program was presented by Spotify in partnership with the Americana Music Association.

The Happy 100th birthday Hank Sr. playlist is available on Spotify.