Petty as Hank

Manchester native Jason Petty has portrayed Hank Williams in the Off-Broadway production of “Hank Williams: Lost Highway.”

 

The Arts Center of Cannon County presents “Hank & My Honky Tonk Heroes,” featuring Jason Petty for two shows Jan.  19 at 7:30 p.m. and at 2 p.m., Jan. 20. All tickets are $15.

Petty, who does shows all over the country, cautiously says it’s great to do a show back at home.

“I’m more nervous playing a home crowd than I was doing an Off-Broadway show in New York City. There are faces you’ve known for years and years. I’d better not mess up. They’ll know if I mess up.” Petty said. 

Petty has done Hank shows now for over 20 years and has worked with band members for much of that time. He said, however, that each show is a fresh chance to speak to the memory of Hank Williams.

“To keep it fresh is to keep honoring him. This is the bread and butter show; I’d better not take it for granted,” Petty said.

“It’s the story of Hank Williams, not just the songs. We give you the story of why he is so important not just to country music, but (music and culture as a whole),” he said.  

“He made it real for people. He sang about reality – what normal people go through in their day-to-day life.”

The show, featuring Eric Lewis on Steel guitar and Mark Baczynski on fiddle, also pays tribute to those who influenced Hank and those Hank influenced: Jimmie Rodgers, Roy Acuff, Ernest Tubb, The Carter Family, George Jones, Webb Pierce and more.

Petty, who just played a Midnight Montgomery Festival at the Hank Williams Museum, will announce a new show “The Country Storytellers” show that will be at the Arts Center of Cannon County in August. 

Ticket may be purchased by calling the box office at 615-563-2787 Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. or online at www.artscenterofcc.com. Pre-payment is required for this concert.

The Arts Center is located at 1424 John Bragg Highway.

 

John has been with the Manchester Times since May 2011. He covers Lifestyles in addition to handling education reporting and general news assignments.John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. John is a 1994 graduate of Tullahoma High School, a graduate of Motlow State Community College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Middle Tennessee State University. He lives in Tullahoma, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Mitsy, and his 17-month-old, Sean.

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John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. He is a graduate of THS, Motlow and MTSU. He lives in Tullahoma, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Mitsy, and his 17-month-old, Sean.

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