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Tribute to Hank Williams continues LCC season


LIVINGSTON -- A tribute of country music icon Hank Williams will be featured during the second performance of the 2017- 18 Livingston Community Concert season when it gets underway at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. Hosted by the Livingston Community Concert Association, the performance will be held in the Florence Crosby Auditorium of the Livingston Intermediate School at #1 Lions Avenue in Livingston. Titled "Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes," the concert will feature Jason Petty in a nostalgic look at Hank Williams. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Petty was born and raised in Manchester, Tenn., and spent his summers growing up on his grandmother's farm in Primm Springs, Tenn. He credits his father and grandmother for influencing his early musical preferences. His earliest memories are of his grandmother, Fannie Mayberry, singing gospel songs around the farm while she worked, and his dad, Jim Petty, singing Hank Williams' hit song "Hey Good Lookin" to him when he was just a boy. Petty was performing at Nashville's Opryland Park several times a day where he was noticed by the director of a musical that was soon to be opening at the Ryman Auditorium. It was getting noticed at that time that put him on the road to national recognition. Petty made a striking impression on New York's Theatre District, performing for sold out crowds at the Little Shubert Theater. Audiences and critics alike were taken with Petty's amazing acting ability in his portrayal of Hank Williams. Petty earned rave reviews from all the major critics, including the New York Times, Variety and Rolling Stone. The New York Post stated it best: "At times it seems as if Petty is not just offering an impersonation of Williams, but channeling his ghost." Petty was also honored with an Obie Award for "Outstanding Actor." He began portraying the country legend Hank Williams in 1996, and he began at the world-famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Since that time, Petty has appeared in national tours of Lost Highway and Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes, a musical revue which Petty also authored. His acting ability also has afforded Petty roles in film, television and theatre. His musicianship and song writing abilities have won him numerous performances on The Grand Ole Opry and the honor of being invited to perform with the most distinguished songwriters and producers at the exclusive Bluebird Café in Nashville.


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