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I'm Back!!
As you know, I've been away from this site for some time. Many things have contributed to this, including to all of the work involved with completing my Master's Degree in Education. This took much of any spare time I had. Now that this is all behind me I plan on being more involved with this site.

I know I don't have to tell you, over the past year many things have happened in the world of "Hank Williams and Drifting Cowboys." Sadly, many of these seem to be passings. There is much to up-date. Over the upcoming weeks I will be attempting to bring this site up-to-date.

I want to thank those who wrote to me over my "time away." Your help, questions, and comments are/were greatly appreciated! Thanks, Nathan Parker (Manager - The Drifting Cowboys Website)

**Hank Honored with Pulitzer!!**
Breaking News: Hank Williams has been honored with a life-time achievement Pulitzer Prize for songwriting!! For more info:
"Hank Williams' songwriting earns special citation from Pulitzer Prize board" (The Montgomery Advisor; 4/13/10)
"Icon Hank Williams receives Pulitzer citation" (The Andalusia Star-News; 4/13/10)

** Another Cowboy Lost **
I was just informed by Beth Petty (Manager - The Hank Williams Museum) that R.D. "Sonny" Norred has passed away.
My best wishes go out to his family & friends...and God-Speed to you "Sonny." Below is from Beth:

Robert D. Norred
January 16, 1910-October 25, 2009

Robert D. Norred died Sunday October 25, 2009.
He was married to Margaret White Norred for 32 years.
R. D. died in a nursing home with his wife at his side as she had been everyday for the 3 months he was there.
Visitation is Monday Oct. 26 at Alabama Funeral Home in Dadeville, AL 6:30-9:00pm and funeral services will be held at the Memory Gardens (Next to the funeral home) 2:00 Tuesday Oct 27, 2009.

Prayers are with you Miss Margaret. Mail your cards to:
Margaret Norred
189 Cardinal Road
Dadeville, AL 36853

Beth J. Petty, Manager
Hank Williams Museum
118 Commerce Street
Montgomery, AL 36104

**2nd Volume of Hank's "Unreleased" Coming!!**
The second helping of Hank Williams and the Drifting Cowboys's is being release by Time-Life on Nov. 3, 2009.
**Another Drifting Cowboy Passes**
I was sad to hear of the passing of steel-guitar legend, Don "Shag" Helms on August 11, 2008. He was 81. Shag not only played with Hank & The Drifting Cowboys, but also Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, The Wilburn Brothers, and Hank Jr...just to name a few.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family. He will be greatly missed! Sincerely, Nathan.
Some News Coverage
"Don Helms, Steel Guitarist for Hank Williams, Dies" (; Aug. 11, 2008)
"Famed Steel Guitarist Dead at 81" (; Aug. 11, 2008)
Magazine Ending Publication
After their December 2008 issue the great magazine Yesterday's Memories is will no longer be published. Its' owner and editor Steve Maze has printed many Hank Williams and Drifting Cowboys related articles over the years and has contributed greatly to recording the stories of The Cowboys. He leaves to concentrate on his family and other writing projects.
I wish much luck and success with his future endeavors.
Thanks Steve for everything!! ~ Nathan.
Ask Jimmy
With the passing of our friend Jimmy Porter, so does the Ask Jimmy section of this website. It was a amazing honor to assist Jimmy in telling his part of the "Hank Williams and Drifting Cowboys" story. I know he personally loved hearing and answering the questions that you sent in. He told me this all the time.
From myself and Jimmy (I know he would like to) thank you for sending them.
The Ask Jimmy section will remain on-line for informational purposes and as my small and humble tribute to the man that I called "friend." Thanks Jimmy!
Ask Jimmy
** A Friend & Legend Passes **
I am very sad to report the passing of our friend and former Drifting Cowboy, Jimmy Porter on Dec. 15, 2007. I know that I don't have to tell you all what a good man Jimmy was or how he was above all a fan and promoter of Hank Williams. Personally, I will greatly miss the assistance he gave me with this site, his in site on life, and most importantly, the friendship and kindness he has shown me over the years! My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.
Thank you Jimmy! I’ll never forget you!! - Nathan

New Hank Book
Steve Maze, author and publisher of the great magazine "Yesterday's Memories", has released a new limited-edition Hank book entitled "Hankin' Around". I've had the chance to look at and read it, and it's another GREAT one from Steve!

Steve wrote, "It has some of my Hank Williams-related stories in it, as well as some great articles/photos from the Hank events I have traveled to over the past few years. Among other things, the stories in the book are about people who knew Hank, went to school with him, were related to him, etc. The book is similar to a high school football program with glossy pages, but it is full color throughout. I am really proud of this book and feel certain it will become a collector's item."

You can order "Hankin' Around" for the low price of $15 (postpaid in US).

Also Available: "Hank Williams and his Drifting Cowboys"
It took five long years to complete, but author Steve Maze has
finally completed his long awaited book on Hank Williams Sr. and his
Drifting Cowboys band! This book is a unique glimpse into the life of
Hank Williams from those who shared the stage with him from 1938
until his untimely death in 1953.

I've had the pleasure to read this book, and I feel it is a must have for all Hank & Cowboys fans.
It is full of great photos and stories that you will only get in this book

$14.95 (plus $3.00 shipping/handling within the US)
$14.95 ($5.00 shipping/handling outside US)
When ordering multiple copies of this book, add $1.00 (S&H) for each additional book.

Also Available: June 2006 Issue of Yesterday's Memories
It has some interesting articles about Hank, including a really good one entitled, "Devoted Fan Now Owns Hank Williams' Old Shoeshine Stand!"
For more inforation or to order (check/money order please) these GREAT books or magazine, write to:
Yesterday's Memories
PO Box 856
Arab, AL 35016-0856
For more inforation click on the link below.
Yesterday's Memories

New Site About Hank's Last Ride
I was surfing the net today and came across a GREAT new site dealing with "Hank's Last Ride". The site is full of new & vintage photos of some of Hank's stops on that winter night. Take a look!
Hank's Last Ride

10/27/06 Franks Passes
I just heard that muscian & manager, Tillman Franks has passed away yesterday.
Our prayers and best wishes go out to his friends & family.

Thank for the music Tillman!
For more info click HERE.

More on Hank's 83rd Birthday Celebration
Here is a short note from Drifting Cowboy Jimmy Porter on the recent Hank Williams 83rd birthday celebration held in Montgomery, AL.

"...wanted to let you know how things went in Montgomery that past weekend at the Museum and at the Amphitheater. The crowds were great at both places and the shows at the Museum and at the Amphitheater were outstanding. The music started at the Museum on Saturday, 16 Sep at 12 Noon and lasted until around 8:00PM. Not many people left until that time. Garrett (Miles) and I opened the show with a couple of pickup musicians and it went well. I actually played better than I thought I would after such a long layoff. After Garrett, I performed with Ricky Fitzgerald who did a fine job with Hank songs; after Ricky, I performed with Dan Barnett from LaGrange, GA and he did a good job. After these three, I was finished for the day. I just stood around, sold some things, and listened to the musicians and singers. There were a lot of good Hank singers but one after another, all songs were Hank songs. Don Helms played with Chris Malpass at the Museum and at the Amphitheater and they did a good job also. David Church did a great show and my friend, Mike Johnson (from Montgomery) now a studio session player in Nashville, was at the Museum and David asked Mike to play his show with him, even though he had his own steel player with him. Mike is one of the top steel players in the country and I called him about three weeks ago and asked him to come down to the Museum and he gladly said he would love to. I played with Mike in his Dad's band back in the late 60's and early 70's. He took a liking to steel and wanted to learn to play. His dad bought him a double neck pedal steel (he was 13 at the time) and I got him started. He caught on to the steel faster than anyone I have ever seen. In four years he graduated from Lee High School in Montgomery and left for Nashville and got his first job with Mel Street. He then went with Bill Anderson after Mel's death and stayed with Bill as his band leader for quite a while and was the band manager for "Play It Again Nashville" (he also wrote the theme song for the show) and was band manager for the Talent Search Program on WSM. He left Bill after several years and went to work regularly as a session steel player and is doing that now, playing with some great new singers (Including Brad Paisley).

- Jimmy Porter"

New Hank Tribute
Hey I just got some info on a new Hank Tribute Cd. I haven't heard any of it yet, but it does sound interesting. Here is the write up:

"(Nashville) - Texas country singer, Larry Butler and his long time friend, Willie Nelson, have collaborated on a unique collection of Hank Williams songs. The project is an 11-track CD: "Heavy Hank." Ten of the duets are Hank, Sr. classics. In contrast, the title song, written by Cheryl Durham-Owens, captures the heartrending mood Hank's music personified while still offering that true traditional country sound. You'll immediately get the feeling when you hear them sing ... "I feel some heavy Hank comin' on."

Larry's lifelong dream of paying tribute to Hank Williams has been accomplished with Willie stepping in to help make it happen.

Putting together the magical songs of Hank Williams, Sr. with the world-wide legendary performer Willie Nelson sharing the vocal duties, Larry makes this CD a "must have" and an instant "collectible. "

The play list on the disc is: "Heavy Hank," "Take These Chains From My Heart," "May You Never Be Alone Like Me," "Jambalaya," "My Son Calls Another Man Daddy," "Why Should We Try Anymore," "Hey, Good Lookin'," "I Can't Help It," "Weddings Bells," "Mind Your Own Business" and "I Told A Lie to My Heart."

Not yet available in stores.
The album (NLT-CD-2006) is only available here:
NLT Records
211 College St.
Burns, TN 37029
Web Site: http://www.nlt- heavyhank. html
E-mail: musicman@nlt- Phone: 615-446-0835
BTW: Bob Timmers designed this CD's packaging"

Walyon Sings Hank
I was watching "CMT Insider" last weekend and heard about a new CD that came out this past Tuesday. It's entitled "Waylon Jennings Sings Hank Williams". From what I understand from CMT, these are all unreleased recordings. On it Waylon sings 12 Hank songs:
1. Jambalaya, 2. Hey Good Lookin', 3. Honky Tonkin', 4. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, 5. Half As Much, 6. Blues Come Around, 7. Why Should We Try Anymore, 8. Be Careful Of Stones That You Throw, 9. I Won't Be Home No More, 10. Mansion On The Hill, 11. Cold Cold Heart, 12. They'll Never Take Her Love From Me, 13. Waylon Speaks
Check Out for more info or to buy it!
(As always I make no profit from any purchases)

Hank & The Cowboys In The News
There has been some interesting Hank News recently. Below are a few links to the different stories.
"Hank Williams' grave a popular spot for tourists, with a twist" By KATE BRUMBACK ( - 8/10/06)
"Hank Williams mentor buried in obscure grave" ASSOCIATED PRESS (Worcester Telegram & Gazette - 8/10/06)
"New trail to blaze the life of Hank Williams" By Angie Long (Greenville Advocate - 8/8/06)
The Hank Williams Trail (Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel)

Cowboy To Perform
Our friend and Drifting Cowboy, Jimmy Porter will be playing his steel guitar at this year's celebration of Hank Williams' Birthday & Collectors' Fest at the Hank Williams Museum (Montgomery, AL) on Sat, September 16th. Jimmy will be backing some of the acts during the musical portion of the day, including Garrett Miles and Lewis Fitzgerald.
Also attending will be Mega-Hank-Collector/Expert Ed Guy.

Price & Nelson Honor Hank
Music legends Ray Price and Willie Nelson are to perform a honor Hank and benefit
the Hank WIlliams Museum in Montgomery, AL. Below is some more info:
Ray Price and Willie Nelson
In Concert Presented by
The Hank Williams Museum (Montgomery, Alabama) and Riverfront Facilities (City of Montgomery)

The Celebration of Hank Williams' 83rd Birthday
These two great country music legends both said "We all owe Hank" and are proud to be helping the Hank Williams Museum.
With special guest Don Helms!! The Drifting Cowboy who played steel guitar on Hank's records. Appearing with Don is Chris Malpass.
Also, a special performance by Andy Norman, Montgomery's own local celebrity and rising star.
Sunday September 17, 2006 - 4:00pm (Gates open at 3:00)
The Riverwalk Amphitheater Downtown Montgomery
Advance Prices:
VIP Section $50.00
General Admission $15.00
At the gate:
VIP Section $60.00
General Admission $25.00

Ticket information: The box office at the Riverfront Facilities office at Riverwalk Stadium (200 Coosa Street, Montgomery, AL 36104, PH: 334-241-2100) or order tickets on the website
Please do not contact the museum for tickets.
For concert on Sunday Bring lawn chairs - No coolers

Other activities include the Graveside Service at Oakwood Cemetery on Saturday, September 16 10:00am. Following the service the public is invited to the museum located at 118 Commerce Street, downtown Montgomery for our annual Collector's Fair and live music throughout the day.

Happy 83rd Birthday Hank!

Beth J. Birtley
Hank Williams Museum
118 Commerce Street
Montgomery, Al 36104

News From The Hank Museum
Hello everyone,
First let me give you the new email address for Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery.
Please delete the AOL address and start using the new one. I look forward to hearing from each of you from time to time and keeping you updated on the upcoming events for the museum and music hall.

February 26, 2006, Sunday
Admission $10.00

Don't miss the biggest steel guitar show ever in Montgomery, AL. by the Alabama Steel Guitar Association
Special guests: Drifting Cowboy Don Helms & Jimmy Porter.

Contact information: Beth Birtley, 334-262-3600
Hank Williams Museum
118 Commerce Street, Montgomery, Al 36104

For additional information see the article below
Calling all country music fans to the Steel Guitar Super Jam By Darryn Simmons (Montgomery Advertiser - 2/23/06)

The 2006 Hank Williams Calendar
The Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery, AL has released their new 2006 Hank Williams Calendar.
From what I hear they did a GREAT job on it.
To order send $15.00 (or $25.00 for two) and $4.00 for shipping/handling to
The Hank Williams Museum, 118 Commerce St, Montgomery, AL 36104.
For more information contact Beth at (334) 262-3600 or visit

Don Helms New Book Released!!!
Former Drifting Cowboy Don Helms has released his long awaited autobiography, entitled "Settin' the Woods on Fire (Confessions of Hank's Steel Guitar Player)". Ir is full of a lot of GREAT photos and stories. This is a must have for all Hank and Drifting Cowboys fans!!!
U.S. & Canada: 1 book $24 total (including s&h); $21 each additional book
Europe: 1 book $30 total; $23 each additional book
Japan: 1 book $31 total; $24 each additional book
For more information visit The Audrey's Dream website.
To order send cashier's check or money order to:
Audrey's Dream Inc
206 Ocala Dr.
Nashville TN 37211
Please note be sure to include your name, address, & contact phone # or email address when ordering.

Cowboy With New CD!!
Our Friend & Drifting Cowboy Joe Penny has a new musical tribute to Hank Williams, entitled "Hank Williams 50th Anniversary Tribute".
Take a look at the link below for more information on this release and some other GREAT Joe Penny items. You can't go wrong!
Joe Penny's Store

Hank & Cowboys in the News
While surfing the net I came across some recent Hank and Drifting Cowboys articles. Here are a few:
"Legendary Hank Williams steel guitarist gets in a few licks at Newton Grove studio" (11/7/2005, By Doug Clark. The Sampson Independent)
"Arizona Is First Stop for 'Hank Williams: Lost Highway' Staging That Includes Kansas City and Dallas" (11/7/05, By Kenneth Jones. Playbill On-Line)
"Despite time, we love Hank like we used to do" (9/11/05, By Allen Barra, Chicago Sun-Times)
"W.Va. Wants to Name Road for Hank Williams" (9/12/05, ??. Yahoo! News)
New York Art Show (9/12/05, AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)
"Remembering Hank - Williams fan has moved from New Jersey to be part of creating museum in Oak Hill"
(9/6/05, By Susan Williams, Charleston Gazette)
**Nice article with Pictures**

News From The Hank Museum
Hankin' in the New Year 2006
Schedule of Events for Hank Williams' 53rd Memorial

Saturday, December 31
Hank Williams Music Hall
Karaoke with Hank

New Year's Eve Party
Good Singin' and Good Eatin' with Good Friends

It's Midnight In Montgomery
At the Hank Williams Oakwood Cemetery Annex
Bring your lawn chair and blankets
If the weather doesn't permit this, we'll bring in the New Year at the museum

Sunday, January 1, 2006 10:00am
Memorial Service at Oakwood Cemetery Annex

Join us at the Hank Williams Museum Music Hall for
More great music from our friends!
Enjoy the traditional black-eyed peas and cornbread

Members of the museum are free
$5.00 charge for all others

If you want to sing or play, please contact me in
advance for scheduling

Contact information: Beth Birtley, 334-262-3600
Hank Williams Museum
118 Commerce Street, Montgomery, Al 36104

** Hank Sign Missing **

"The Hank Williams Memorial Lost Highway Sign is MISSING from I-65, Exit 179 (Prattle, AL).
If anyone has information on this, please contact us at:

We have contacted the State Highway Dept. and can only hope that they have removed it for reasons unknown, but it's doubtful.
A police report will be filed as soon as we hear back from the Hwy. Dept. stating they don't have it.
Please let us hear from you the fans, with a bit of encouragement about missing sign.
The vase from Hank's grave has never been recovered, but we have not forgotten!!
Beth Birtley, Museum Manager
Cecil Jackson, President HWMFM"

More On The New Hank Williams Museum
I was surfing the internet and came across some more details on the purposed Hank Museum in Oak Hill, WV. Please take a look.
Hank Williams Museum Planned for West Virginia by Edward Morris ( - July 27.2005)

New Hank Books
On Sept. 8, 2005 author Paul Hemphill released his newest book entitled, "Lovesick Blues: The Life of Hank Williams" (Viking Press). It looks like it will be interesting. Published in time to honor what would have been Hank's 82nd Birthday.
More Info & Order:
Also, former Drifting Cowboy Don Helms will be releasing his long awaited autobiography
entitled "Settin' The Woods on Fire".
I don't know much about this book, but will pass the information as I receive it.
(I make no profit from the sale of these books)

HANK WILLIAMS 82nd Birthday and 2nd Annual Collectors' Fair
Join us as we celebrate the 82nd birthday of the first superstar in country music, Hank Williams.
September 16-17, 2005
Friday, September 16 - 3-9pm
Saturday, September 17 - 10:00am-9:00pm
Saturday 10:00am Memorial Service-Oakwood Cemetery
For more information contact:
Hank Williams Museum
118 Commerce Street, Montgomery, Alabama

Friday $5.00 Saturday $10.00 Members free
Includes tour of the museum

2nd Annual Collectors' Fair
Scour the attic! Search your old photos! Dig into that closet!
You may have a rare artifact or photo that nobody has seen.

Hotel Recommendations in the Downtown area
The Guest House & Suites (334) 264-2231 120 Madison Avenue
Red Bluff Cottage (Bed & Breakfast) 1-888-551-2529
Capitol Inn 1-866-471-9028 Goldthwaite Street
Embassy Suites (334) 269-5055
Thanks to Beth B. at the Hank Williams Museum for the information.

Hank Museum News
Beth B down at the Hank Williams Museum (Montgomery, AL) sent along the following info. It sounds like some GREAT things are happening!! Take a look.

  • Dedication of the NEW "AUDREY'S DREAM" room at the Museum.
  • Hank Williams 82nd Birthday Celebration
    SEPTEMBER 16-17, 2005
    $15.00 Donation for Admission - Both Days
    $10.00 One Day
    Includes Tour of Museum
  • 2nd Annual Collectors Fair
  • Auction of Hank Williams paintings
  • 2006 Birthday T-Shirts
  • 2006 CALENDAR
  • 2006 Hank Williams Calendar "I'M GONNA SING, SING, SING" in Memory of Jo Ann Wilkinson
    There is still time send your birthday, anniversary or in memory of
    COST IS $1.00 PER NAME

    Do not email me with this information Please write it down and send with your money. Credit cards are not excepted for this project.
    Send to: Hank Williams Museum, 118 Commerce Street Montgomery, Al 36104 or 334-262-3600

    CMT Visits Montgomery
    Country Music Television travels to Montgomery, AL. and the Hank Williams Museum on Sat., June 25, 2005 (5PM) for their
    "20 Greatest City Songs".
    This is a city song Sing-Along featuring "Midnight In Montgomery".
    It will air in August (date TBA).

    Downtown Country At The Museum
    Featuring local singer from Montgomery 6-9PM in The Music Hall
    Thanks to Beth B. at the Hank Museum for the info

    Review of Hank Fest
    Here is a link to a review of this year's Hank Williams Festival in Georgiana, AL. It sounds like all had a good time!! Thanks to Mary Wallace and the volunteers that put on the activities each year!! Thanks!!
    Georgiana regroups after Hank Williams Festival By Angie Long
    (Greenville Advocate: Tuesday, June 7, 2005 11:06 PM CDT).

    New President For Hank Fan Club (6/06/05 12:08PM)
    News has come out of Georgiana, AL that Mary Wallace, long time President of the Hank Williams Fan Club, has resigned from her position.
    She will be missed.
    Shirley Dubose-Taft is the new President and Cecil Basden, from Goldsboro, NC, is the Vice President.
    Our best wishes go out to them in their new positions!!
    Thanks to Drifting Cowboy Jimmy Porter for this information.

    New Hank Tribute Song
    I was listening to Sirius Radio last night and heard a great Hank & Audrey "tribute" song by Geezinslaws Brothers and Kelly Willis entitled "Thank You Miss Audrey (For Breaking Hank's Heart). I thought it was a good one.
    Check out The Geezinslaws Brothers' website for more info and to hear part of the song.

    Cowboys In Print
    Steve Maze, publisher of Yesterday's Memories, has done it again! In the June issue of YesMem. he has printed THREE Hank related articles!! When you order your copy you'll get stories about Cowboys Braxton Schuffert and Carolyn Parker and one on Merle Kilgore.
    You can preview these articles on the Yesterday's Memories website.
    You can order a copy or obtain more info by writing Steve at: Yesterday's Memories, PO Box 856, Arab, AL 35016 or

    Cowboy Interviewed
    While surfing the net I found an interesting article that interviews former Drifting Cowboy Clent Holmes. Take a look.
    Salute to Hank 5/26/05 By Gerald Hodges (The Clarke County Democrat)

    More Sad News (5/22/05)
    "Please remember Charles Carr and his family in your prayers. His son Scott died Thursday at home in Montgomery. He was 39. Charles Carr was the driver for Hank Williams when he died on the way to Canton, Ohio. He has been a huge supporter for us at the Hank Williams Museum
    in Montgomery since the opening in 1999."
    Beth Birtley - Hank Williams Museum Montgomery, AL.

    New Hayride Video
    Title: "Hank Williams Jr. - Louisiana Hayride" Release Date: June 28, 2005. Description:
    "The Louisiana Hayride was a radio show that gave fresh talent a chance to perfect their distinct performance styles before a weekly live audience. During its heyday, between 1948-1958 "the hayride" rivaled even Nashville’s famed Grand Ole Opry in the number of country music careers that it spawned. Country music star Hank Williams, Jr. is the narrator of this fascinating country music documentary which explores the Shreveport, Louisiana musical roots of some of country music’s most venerable stars, including Hank Williams, Sr., Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton, George Jones and a host of others. This unique program uses old photographs, film clips and live transcriptions of old radio show recordings to tell its entertaining and informative story." -
    For more information check out the Amazon page for this release by clicking HERE

    I was informed by our Friend Dan Cooper, that the widow of Driftin Cowboy Jimmy Wilkinson,
    JoAnn Wilkinson, passed away yesterday (May 14, 2005).

    The Bluegrass Legend Jimmy Martin also passed away yesterday.
    Over the last year he had been receiving treatment for bladder cancer. He passed away in a Hospice in Tenn. He was 77 years old.

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of both Mrs. Wilkinson and Mr. Martin. They will be missed.

    New Hank Museum
    I just read that a new Hank Williams Museum is being created in Oak Hill, West Virgina.
    Oak Hill to start Hank Williams museum at former Pure Oil station (May 11 - Associated Press- USAToday)
    West Virginia town to start Hank Williams museum (May 11 - Associated

    Another Legend Passes
    It seems like I've been writing a bunch of these lately...I heard today that the Legendary Bass Player Floyd "Lightnin'" Chance died on Monday, April 11, 2005. He was 79 years old. He had been battling Alzheimer's Disease and cancer.

    Over his long career he had backed many of the Big Names in Country Music, including Stanley Brothers, Jimmy Martin, Roy Acuff, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Bill Monroe, Marty Robbins just to name a few.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and Family.
    "Thanks" to MJB for passing along this information.

    Steel Guitar Legend Passes On
    I'm very sad to report that steel guitar legend Jerry Byrd passed away on April 11, 2005 in Hawaii. He was 85 years old.
    For more info click HERE
    Jerry Byrd, steel guitar pioneer by Wayne Harada (Honolulu Advertiser)

    20 Greatest Bands
    I'm not sure how many got the chance to see CMT's 20 GREATEST COUNTRY BANDS a few days ago. It was great to see Hank Williams and The Drifting Cowboys on the list (ranked #6, If memory serves me well). There was one minor error that I saw (talking about Sammy Pruitt and showing a photo of Cedric Rainwater), but still a good show.
    As far as I can find out, it will not be re-aired in the near future.
    For more info CLICK HERE (

    Hank Williams Festival 2005
    I just found this article about this year's Hank Williams Festival in Georgiana, AL.
    Hank Festival line-up finalized By Angie Long (The Greenville Advocate - Apr 15)
    Also check out Hank Williams Museum Website for more info.

    Drifting Cowboy Honored
    The legendary Cowboy & steel guitar player, Don Helms was honored with a "Don Helms Day" and a monument in his
    hometown of New Brockton, AL on November 20, 2004.
    For more info, check this article out: New Brockton Honors Legendary Guitar Player With Monument"
    By Carole Brand
    Enterprise Ledger

    Audrey's Dream News
    Lycrecia Williams Hoover & Dale Vinicur have some upcoming appearances scheduled to premote their book "Dear Mama Williams" and the mission of Audrey's Dream.

  • JUNE 4, 2005: Hank Williams Festival in Georgiana, AL.
    JUNE 9-12, 2005: CMA Music Festival/Nashville (old Fan Fair) booth with the Hank Williams Museum of Montgomery
    JUNE 9, 2005: Book-signing event at Border's on West End in Nashville at 7 p.m. together with Peggy Knight with her new book "At Home with Johnny, June, & Mother Maybelle"
    JUNE 25, 2005: KOCR Internet Radio broadcast of "Audrey Williams, the Woman Behind the Legend" including music, interviews, & conversation with some who knew Audrey best
    SEPTEMBER 10, 2005: Book event 1 p.m. at the main library in Franklin TN (Williamson County)
    OCTOBER 7-9, 2005: Southern Festival of Books in Nashville
    Visit Audrey's Dream Website for more information.
    Hank Williams Sr. Memorial Road
    I just found an interesting article about a possible Hank Williams Sr. Memorial Road
    in W.Va. near Oak Hill (Fayette County). Check out!!
    There's a bump in Hank Williams Memorial Road - Jim Wallace (Charleston Daily Mail)
    The Vote Is In On The W.VA. Hank Williams Memorial Road!!
    West Virginia Snub Hank Williams (WHNT-TV Huntsville - Apr 14 1:55 AM)
    Dirty Politics (WTRF - Apr 14 5:17 AM)
    West Virginia politics, music legend intersect over road-naming proposal (WHNT-TV Huntsville - Apr 13 6:40 PM)

    Cooking Show Filmed at Hank Estate
    I'm not sure how many people have RFD-TV, but I found this intersting article about their show Campfire Café. It seems that they have filmed an episode at Jett Williams' "Hank Williams Estate" in rural Tennessee that will be aired in Fall 2005.
    It should be a great show!!
    For more info check out these sites:
    "A Little History, Country Music and Campfire Cuisine" (Yahoo News)
    Campfire Cafe Site (

    News From Audrey's Dream
    Some great news is coming from Lycrecia Willaims Hoover's not-for-profit substance abuse information center, Audrey's Dream. The long awaited "Dear Mama Williams" book will be published this month (Dec. 2004). The book prints some of the many sympathy cards and letters sent to Hank Williams' family after his passing in 1953.
    For information visit the Audrey's Dream website.

    Searching For Sign
    Lycrecia Williams Hoover and Audrey's Dream are attempting to locate the original sign that hung out-side of Hank And Audrey's Corral in Nashville, TN. If any of you Hank Fans out there have any info, please contact:

    Audrey's Dream
    206 Ocala Drive
    Nashville, TN 37211

    Rare Hank Items Sold!!
    For those of you that collect Hank Williams items, the news of the recent (Apr. 4 & Mar. 31, 2005) sale on eBay of some very rare contracts may be of some interest to you. Below is a list of items and winning bids:

    1947 Signed MGM Record Contract (His First!!) - Did Not Sell $3059.99
    1951 Signed Cadillac De Ville DILLAC DE Vill Sale Contract - Sold for $1,525.00
    1951 Signed Title for Hank's 1951 Cadillac Coupe De Ville - Sold for $1,226.99
    1952 Documents (x3) - Sold for $710.00
  • 1. September 18th, 1952 Skyline Club (Austin, TX.) Performance contract (signed by Clyde Purdue)
  • 2. December 14th-19th 1952 Skyline Club (Austin, TX.) Performance contract (signed by Clyde Purdue)
  • 3. December 19, 1952 Receipt From Clyde Perdue on Hotel Stephen F. Austin stationary
    (acknowledged full payment from Hank though that date for Perdue's managerial services. Witnessed by Toby Marshall!)
    8 Hank Williams Documents For High School Performances - Sold for $530.00
  • 1. Oct. 29, 1952 Perfromance Contract (Jennings HS Aud. - Jennings, LA)
  • 2. Oct. 29, 1952 Perfromance Contract (Woodrow Wilson Jr. HS Aud. - Port Arthur, TX)
  • 3. Oct. 28, 1952 Perfromance Contract (Cathedral HS Gym - La Fayette, LA)
  • 4. Oct. 27, 1952 Perfromance Contract (Terre Bonne HS Aud. - Houma, LA)
  • 5. Oct. 26, 1952 Perfromance Contract (Opelousas HS Gym - Opelousas, LA)
  • 6. Oct. 30, 1952 Receipt to Hank from Claude King
  • 7. Oct. 30, 1952 Receipt to Hank from Tommy & Goldie Hill
  • 8. Oct. 30, 1952 Receipt to Hank from Red Sovine
    Oct. 1952 Performance Contract (Wichita, Kansas with Blackie Crawford) - Sold for $158.05
    1952 Texas Performance Contracts (x3) - Sold for $381.00
    Nov.- Dec. 1952 Tenn. Performance Contracts - Sold for $537.00
    1947 Signed "You're Barking Now" Songwiter's Contract

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